Appeal lodged after seven-unit apartment plans refused permission

By Aideen O'Flaherty

DUBLIN City Council’s decision to refuse permission for the development of a seven-unit apartment block, at lands and buildings adjoining and formerly part of The Halfway House pub in Walkinstown, have been appealed to An Bord Pleanála.

It was proposed that the apartment block would house seven units, comprising one studio unit, four one-bed apartments, one one-bed duplex unit and one two-bed duplex unit, across ground to second floor.

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An appeal has been lodged over the refusal for apartments adjoining The Halfway House

Permission for the demolition of the existing structures on-site and to make way for the construction of the apartment block was also requested in the initial planning application.

Provision of all with associated private open-space areas in the form of balconies and winter gardens, and pedestrian access to the development from Long Mile Road and Walkinstown Road, were included in plans lodged by Bo Vision Capital Ltd in May.

However, the application attracted an objection from Manotherm Limited, the owners of an adjacent car park, who stated that they were concerned that people visiting and living in the proposed development will use their car park, as parking facilities aren’t provided in the developer’s plans for the apartment block.

Dublin City Council refused permission for the development on November 30 on a number of grounds, including their view that the proposed development did not have “due regard to the nature of the surrounding urban morphology”.

They added that the development “would appear overbearing and incongruous on the streetscape”, and the lack of car parking provision in the proposal “is not acceptable as it would result in congestion of surrounding streets and endanger public safety”.

The developer lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanála on December 21, and a decision is due by May 5.

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