Appeal lodged against refusal of plans to build 19 apartments
The Hillhouse in Lucan

Appeal lodged against refusal of plans to build 19 apartments

A DEVELOPER has lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanála against South Dublin County Council’s decision to refuse planning permission to develop 19 apartments at Hillhouse on Lucan Road.

Developer Frances Dowling’s planning application attracted numerous objections from residents, where a variety of concerns were raised.

These concerns included the development potentially overlooking existing properties and nearby school and convent grounds, car-parking provision being “too low” and that it does not protect the “amenity of adjacent residential properties” and as such contravenes the site’s zoning objective.

On October 3, the council published its decision to refuse permission for the proposed development.

Outlining its decision, the local authority stated: “Having regard to the proximity of the primary site access to the controlled junction on the R835 regional road and the scale of the development proposed, it is considered that the proposed intensification of traffic accessing and egressing the site would result in increased traffic hazard on a busy road and would result in unsafe traffic movements into and out of the site.

“It is considered that the proposed development would endanger pedestrian and traffic safety by reason of creating a traffic hazard and would, therefore, not be consistent with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.”

The planning application submitted by Mr Dowling included the demolition of an existing house and ancillary outbuildings to allow for the construction of one two- to four-storey building accommodating 19 apartments comprised of 6 one-bedroom apartments and 13 two-bedroom apartments.

Vehicular access to the proposed development would be via the Lucan Road with traffic-calming measures onto Lucan Road.

There were plans for 11 car-parking spaces and 20 bicycle-parking spaces and ancillary services, including a detached water storage tank and bin-store housing all on a site of 0.1925 hectares.

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