D4 site with smart car gets green light

The residents of a new, upmarket Johnny Ronan residential development in Dublin 4 will share the use of a communal smart-car.
D4 site with smart car gets green light

A company controlled by one of Ireland’s best-known developers, RGRE J & R Apian Ltd, has made clear to Dublin City Council a smart car would be available for the use of all residents at the new development.

The smart car “will be used by all residents of the proposed apartment scheme”, the development firm said. The council had sought clarification on the status of the smart car.

Planning documents filed by Mr Ronan’s firm says it’s a communal car which will be managed by the development company.

Mr Ronan has continued on his comeback trail in the Irish property development scene with Dublin City Council giving the go-ahead for the residential development at the junction of Apian Way and Leeson Street Upper despite objections from locals.

He had sought planning permission for 16 units, but the council ordered a fourth-floor penthouse apartment and private garden be omitted from the scheme to comply with the height policy of the city’s development plan.

John Spain, a planning consultant for Mr Ronan, said the proposal would greatly improve the streetscape and would “improve the visual amenity and urban context of the area”.

The proposal, however, met with significant local opposition, with objections having been lodged under a number of categories, including concerns over traffic and parking and its visual impact.

In its objection, the Upper Leeson Street Area Residents Association — Ulsara — argued the plan entailed an overdevelopment of the site. The residents association argued that “the current application will therefore have a detrimental impact on those fortunate enough to live in the vicinity”.

“Ulsara would welcome the appropriate development of this vacant and poorly maintained site. However, we consider the current application to be overdevelopment of a restricted site and not in keeping with the established historic and architectural character of the area,” said the association.

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