ABP approve Dún Laoghaire Golf Club scheme

ABP approve Dún Laoghaire Golf Club scheme

Postby wearnicehats » Tue Aug 10, 2010 4:56 pm

ABP once again indicates that the opinion of their own supposedly capable inspectors is worth feck all

Dún Laoghaire scheme approved
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OLIVIA KELLY

An Bord Pleanála has granted permission for more than 600 apartments and houses on the site of the former Dún Laoghaire Golf Club against the recommendation of its senior planning inspector.

Cosgrave Developments has been given the green light for what is the second phase of scheme of almost 1,500 homes, most of them apartments of up to seven storeys in height, on the site.

The board's senior planning inspector Dermot Kelly, who dealt with the case, had recommended against granting permission for this second phase of development, but his recommendation was over-ruled by the board.

In his report Mr Kelly had said the large proportion of apartments proposed, more than 95 per cent of the scheme, constituted an "excessive concentration of apartments" on the site.

The height and scale of the apartments were "excessive" and would result in overdevelopment of the site, he said.

He also noted that Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council intended to produce a local plan for the area and that allowing this scheme in advance of this statutory plan being agreed by the council would be premature.

In deciding to reject Mr Kelly's recommendation, the board said the proposed development was in line with the current zoning objectives and adhered to sustainability guidelines. It was therefore not premature to grant permission in the absence of a local area plan.

The need for efficient use of land justified a higher density of development at this location, and the high proportion of apartments in this phase of the development was considered acceptable, the board said. The height of the proposed development was also "generally acceptable", it said.

Construction of the first phase of the scheme, comprising some 848 apartments and houses, began last year. The first five houses are due to go on sale next month.

The 78-acre site is bounded by Kill Avenue and Glenageary Road Upper, which bisects the site
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Re: ABP approve Dún Laoghaire Golf Club scheme

Postby onq » Wed Aug 11, 2010 1:30 am

Umm.

I recall a road being refused permission in Bray UDC area because it amounted to a District Distributor.
Everyone was agreed that the town needed this road [this was before the southern by-pass was built].
IIRC, the Bórd refused permission in that instance becase the Development Plan would have had to support the decision by including such a road in the plan as a stated objective - and didn't.

The parallels with the Cosgrave scheme are disconcerting re the ineptitide of the Council which should have had the relevant Variation [or in this case, the LAP] in place yonks before hand, both Councils being possessed of competent planning officers to do the job.

In the present case, it seems the Bórd has finally grown balls, and decided to use the powers it has to make decisions which are not necessarily bound by development plans or LAPs or the need for them.

However the soundness of the ABP decision may possibly be called into question - I've met Dermot Kelly several times - if this is the same Dermot Kelly who used to drive a Saab and worked in Dublin Corporation - and he is no fool when it comes to planning law.

However since the Bray decision, Dublin and its hinterland have become subject to the RPGGDA, which may provide the Bórd with an over-arching framework of law within which to base its decisions or interpretations [however expansive] of existing development plans

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Re: ABP approve Dún Laoghaire Golf Club scheme

Postby soulsearcher » Sun Aug 15, 2010 11:21 pm

In the present case, it seems the Bórd has finally grown balls, and decided to use the powers it has to make decisions which are not necessarily bound by development plans or LAPs or the need for them


Yeah, who needs democratic decision-making at the local level and proper public consultation when a new community of 3000 or so people is being proposed on a local amenity in an established suburb.
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Re: ABP approve Dún Laoghaire Golf Club scheme

Postby onq » Wed Aug 25, 2010 7:46 pm

That's a stupid comment soulsearcher.

The Dun Laoghaire Golf Club development has been mooted since the 1990's.
Everyone say it coming and the only hold up was the choice of site for the new Golf Club.
I'm not certain that the existing Golf Club members are pleased with the prevailing wind conditions.
But I know that the development of these lands is long overdue and has been well-considered by all parties.
If you could offer some critical comment based on the facts of the application I'd pay you more attention, but I doubt that you will.

We'll see,

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