Labour Government Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin objects to plan for Dublin development

Labour Government Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has submitted an objection in his capacity as a TD to plans for a €40m residential development in Howth, Co Dublin.
Labour Government Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin objects to plan for Dublin development

The minister of state at the Department of Justice and law equality has added his name appealing a decision by Fingal County Council to grant planning permission to developer Ray Grehan’s former Glenkerrin Homes Ltd.

One of the best-known developers during the boom, Mr Grehan went bankrupt in the UK in December 2011.

Nama had previously appointed receivers to Grehan’s Glenkerrin Homes.

Now, in a bid to realise value from the company’s assets and address the housing shortage in Dublin, the firm’s receivers have secured planning permission for the development on the Howth Road.

The development comprises of 200 residential units made up of 145 apartments in five blocks ranging from one to six storeys and 51 three-bed and four-bed homes.

It also includes four homes for the Traveller community and six commercial units.

Consultants for Glenkerrin told Fingal County Council that work on the scheme would take two years stating that the creation of a new community of several hundred people would help to reinforce the vitality of the local community .

However, in his objection, Mr Ó Ríordáin has claimed that the height of the proposed blocks in the development “will change the visual landscape of the village and damage the picturesque nature of Howth”.

Mr Ó Ríordáin said that the development proposal is excessive and that local residents’ concerns and objections have not been considered in giving the plan the go-ahead.

A constituency rival, Independent Averil Power, has also joined with locals in appealing the local authority decision and has requested an oral hearing in the case.

In total, seven parties have appealed, including the Deer Park and Claremont Residents Association and Glenkerrin Homes, which has appealed conditions in the grant of permission.

A decision is due in June.

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