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Major Dublin housing scheme gets the cold shoulder from the city council

Words: Roger Milne
Dublin City Council Civic Offices

Residents had already objected to the prospect of a 500-home development but now Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan has intervened to object to the fast-tracked scheme on the capital’s northside, earmarked for land by St Paul’s College in Raheny.

Keegan has sent a submission to An Bord Pleanála highlighting that the project planned for St Anne’s Park breaches a number of planning policies and is out of kilter with the capital’s current development plan.

“The proposed development is not considered to be consistent with the Dublin Development Plan 2016-2022 and with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area,” the chief executive is reported to have told the planning agency.

Under the plan the site involved is zoned for institutional use.

Locals are opposing the proposals put forward by Crekav Trading, part of property group Marlet, for 104 houses and 432 flats because of the impact on green space and the loss of sports pitches used by local clubs.

The scheme has triggered local protests and hundreds of objections.

An Bord Pleanála is due to determine the scheme next month under the new fast-track planning regime for major housing proposals.