Residents irate over extra storey plans

By Maurice Garvey

RESIDENTS in Monastery Estate are unhappy that a developer is seeking permission to build another floor at an apartment block building, permitted under a previous approved planning permission.

Chimway Ltd received permission for the 22-bed apartment complex on Monastery Road, from South Dublin County Council in March 2018.

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Site is where the former Esso petrol station on Monastery Road was located

An Bord Pleanála rejected an appeal by Monastery Height Residents in October 2018 – who cited concerns about the “excessive density” of a four-storey complex, and impact on local traffic and pedestrians.

The site is located at the former Esso station on Monastery Road in Clondalkin.

A new application lodged by Chimway on August 14, seeks alterations to the previously approved development, including the provision of an additional floor and four extra apartment units.

If approved, this would lead to a five-storey building containing a total of 26 apartments.

The developers are also seeking the addition of five car-parking spaces, which would provide a total of 29 car-parking spaces.

Monastery Estate posted a picture of the latest planning application on their Facebook page, calling on people to submit an objection if they are in a position to do so.

The proposal was met with numerous objections from local resident groups during the early planning stage, including Monastery Height Residents, Floraville Residents Association and Monastery Estate Residents Association.

In making their decision, the Board considered the proposed development “would not seriously injure the residential or visual amenities of the area” and would be “acceptable in terms of pedestrian and traffic safety.”

Included in the planning conditions set out by SDCC, is a requirement that the developer pay a fee of €130,000 in respect of public infrastructure and facilities.

Prior to commencement of any permitted development, the applicant shall lodge a tree-and-hedgegrow bond to the value of €23,878, and €94,000 for publicly accessible services.

Another condition contains a lodgement of €108,000 with an approved insurance body, approved by SDCC, which will be kept until roads, open spaces, car parks, sewers drains and other public services required in connection with the development are completed and maintained to taking in charge of the local authority.

SDCC is due to make a decision on the new application by October 2019.

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