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New density restrictions placed on SIAC Monastery Road site- Councillor Eoin Ó Broin

9 February, 2016 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Councillor Eoin Ó Broin has welcomed the cross party support for his County Development Plan motion placing new density restrictions on the Monastery Road SIAC land. The motion was passed by the Council on February 5thand is now included in the latest draft County Development Plan.

Cllr Ó Broin said:

‘In 2012 An Bord Pleanala approved a highly controversial planning application on the SIAC lands along Monastery Road. The development would see 380 apartments in 18 blocks of between 2 and 8 stories. The plans also included retail development.

‘The development was strongly opposed by local residents who rightly felt that the density of the development was too high, out of character with the surrounding residential areas and would place a huge strain on existing services and amenities.

‘Unfortunately South Dublin County Council and An Bord Pleanala though otherwise and granted SIAC a 10 year planning permission.

‘At last week’s County Development Plan meeting I tabled a motion to insert a new Specific Local Objective (SLO) into the 2016-2021 County Development Plan. The purpose of the SLO is to restrict residential densities on the SIAC land to those of the surrounding housing estates off Monastery Road.

‘The motion was passed unanimously and I am grateful to all the Councillors who supported it.

‘Unfortunately the new restriction does not affect the existing 10 year planning permission. However if the land is not developed within the timeframe of the planning permission the new restrictions would then apply. This would mean that any application for an extension of the existing permission or any new application would have to take into account of the Development Plan’s demand for lower densities.

‘The SIAC development was clearly the last wheeze of a dying Celtic Tiger approach to residential development. It has no place in Clondalkin Village and should not go ahead.

‘Sinn Féin is not opposed to residential and commercial development ion this site. However, like the local community, we do believe that any development should be in keeping with the surrounding area and add to rather than overburden the existing community and infrastructure.

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