Controversial nursing home plans given the green light

By Aideen O'Flaherty

PLANS for the demolition of a boarded-up house, which is located beside Clondalkin Library at the junction of Monastery Road and Monastery Park, to make way for the construction of a 92-bed nursing home have been given the green light by An Bord Pleanala, despite amassing 19 third-party objections from local residents.

Applicant GN Lexington Property Ltd were granted permission for the development by South Dublin County Council last June, and a third-party appeal against the council’s decision was lodged with An Bord Pleanala by local residents Richard and Rosaleen Russell.

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The plans for the nursing home development included the development of 87 bedrooms and 92 bed spaces in a three-storey building.

Permission was also sought for a new vehicular entrance from Monastery Park, the widening of the existing entrance to Monastery Road and a single-storey detached sub-station.

There were provisions for refuse storage, a gardener’s shed, a landscaped communal open space at ground level, roof terraces at first and second floor levels and 29 car parking spaces.

Twenty-one third party submissions were lodged on the application, 19 of which were objections, which highlighted a number of concerns including the scale, height and density of the proposed development, overshadowing, open space provisions and the capacity of foul sewer and service drains.

A number of the people who submitted third-party submissions stated that they were not against the development of a nursing home on the site, but suggested a number of changes which they believed should have been made to the applications, which chiefly related to the height and scale of the proposed development.

The council granted permission for the development last June, with a number of conditions.

These conditions included the omission of the first-floor element, containing a dining room, at the western boundary of the site adjacent to 6 Monastery Road, the submission of a revised floor plan and a safety statement detailing how the protected structure of Clondalkin Library will be safeguarded during the works.

Following this grant of permission, local residents Richard and Rosaleen Russell lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanala, seeking to overturn the council’s decision to grant permission for the development.

They lodged their appeal on a number of grounds, including the lack of change to the height or density of the proposed development, the potential for extra traffic in the area, the potential impact on the sewage system, and they further stated that the proposed development would create a “direct intrusion” on their privacy as a result of the building’s height and density.

An Bord Pleanala upheld the council’s decision to grant permission for the development last month, as they stated that it was their view that the proposed development “would not seriously injure the residential or visual amenities of the area”.

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