A group of south Dublin residents is opposing plans by developer, Johnny Ronan to change the status of his Burlington Road premises from residential to embassy use.
The Upper Leeson Street Area Residents’ Association (ULSARA) is appealing a recent decision by Dublin City Council to approve the plan.
However, the council did refuse Mr Ronan’s RGRE Embassy Ltd permission to change the use of an existing mews building, at the site, from residential to live/work status (which the firm has appealed to An Bord Pleanála).
The building is currently vacant and Mr Ronan’s firm has identified a demand for embassy use.
ULSARA has argued that the proposed development permitting embassy office use “sets an undesirable precedent and is profoundly retrograde in nature”.
In its appeal, the residents’ association expresses frustration with the growth of embassies in the general area, stating that the area’s status as a residential conservation area “is now under serious threat”.
“It is an unfortunate reality that many diplomatic missions/embassies have in our experience, carried out development contrary to planning conditions or without planning permission where it seems the council is thwarted in taking enforcement action where diplomatic immunity or such is pleaded,” the association said.
The residents also argue that the likely installation of floodlighting, security spotlights, cameras and excessively high and visually obtrusive perimeter railings “will result in serious injury to existing residential amenity”.
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