43 apartments planned for former Esso village site refused permission

By Aideen O’Flaherty

CONTENTIOUS plans for a 43-unit apartment development at the former site of the Esso garage in Tallaght village have been refused permission by South Dublin County Council – who said the development would’ve caused “significant visual harm”.

Plans for the mixed-used, build-to-rent scheme also included proposals for a new civic plaza, four commercial outlets and improvement works to the Katherine Tynan garden.

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The proposed development, which was to be called Friar’s Place and housed across two separate buildings in a development ranging in height from four- to eight-storeys, attracted 26 objections.

Issues raised included concerns about the height of the development, the potential impact on the locality, and the density and design of it.

South Dublin County Council refused permission for the plans on Wednesday, citing their view that the development “would fail to integrate and respond” to the site, and would result in “an incongruous feature” which would “significantly detract” from the visual amenity and character of the area.

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The local authority said that it had considered the fact that the development would have created an additional 43 homes, however they found that “the planning merits of the proposal would not outweigh the significant visual harm that would be caused to the Architectural Conservation Area” of Tallaght village

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