Community groups lodge appeals against Cookstown apartment plans

By Mary Dennehy

THREE community groups have lodged appeals with An Bord Pleanala against South Dublin County Council’s decision to grant permission for the development of 107 apartments on Second Avenue in Cookstown Industrial Estate in Tallaght, with concerns that it could become a “Trojan development”.

A planning application for the development was submitted by Pyrmont Property Development Limited in June 2017, with initial plans for the construction of 126 apartments having to be scaled back to 107 as one of the conditions of the council’s grant of permission last February.

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Green light given for 107 apartments in Cookstown Industrial Estate 

The majority of the development will consist of two-bed apartments, totalling 56 units, and 30 one-bed and 16 three-bed apartments and the development of five studio apartments.

There are plans for the apartments to be housed across three blocks, and provisions for three commercial units, a community room, a creche, a gym, a landscaped courtyard, 88 bicycle spaces and 152 underground car parking spaces are also included in the application.

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The Belgard Heights Community and Residential Association, the Ambervale Cairnwood Community Group and Tallaght Community Council all lodged separate appeals objecting to the planned development, with a number of key points appearing in each appeal.

Concerns about the lack of family-suitable housing in the area and the potentially transient nature of people who reside in studio and one-bed apartments were raised in the objections.

The Ambervale Cairnwood Community Group stated that they had concerns about the “potential for anti-social behaviour based on single-bed units attracting short-term rental from individuals with no connection to or interest in the local area.”

All of the objections stated a preference for family-suitable housing in the area, with Tallaght Community Council suggesting that the fact that the planned development is near Tallaght Hospital means that the development of traditional housing in the area would be “more attractive for key hospital workers”.

The Belgard Heights Community and Residential Association stated in their objection that the potential for Cookstown as a business and enterprise park is “not adequately addressed”, while the Ambervale Cairnwood Community Group voiced concerns that this development could be a “Trojan development”.

The Ambervale Cairnwood Community Group stated that the construction of the development “would result in a floodgate effect, giving free rein to developers to turn Cookstown into a high-rise, high-volume, low quality apartment area that would bring a genuine decline in the current family-based local community.”

A decision on the three appeals has not yet been made by An Bord Pleanala.

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