Save Clondalkin Convent group say plans will ‘destroy’ the village

By Maurice Garvey

POSTING images of a proposed 155-bed nursing home development in Clondalkin Village, has been an effective tool by the Save Clondalkin Convent campaign group in drumming up opposition to the plans.

The group posted architect drawings on their Facebook, which were pulled from the planning application submitted to South Dublin County Council by developer Bartra Property Ltd for a four storey development at the historic Clondalkin Convent.

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A meeting in Aras Chronain

The proposal was approved by the local authority, and an appeal is currently in place with An Board Pleanála, who are due to make a decision by October 21.

Seeing the scale of the proposed nursing home building on social media, led to the general consensus among residents who opined that it would “destroy” the village.

Referring to the architect drawings, the campaign group say the proposed development will “basically wrap around the existing (convent) building.”

Barta Property Ltd is part of the wider Bartra Capital Property group founded by developer Richard Barrett.

The firm is heavily involved in the property market in Dublin, and recently received permission for a 208-bed co-living development in Dún Laoghaire.

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Architect drawings

In July, Broadcaster Pat Kenny and fellow residents lost an appeal with the Board for a Bartra development of 18 apartments and six houses on a site adjacent to his Dalkey home.

Also in July, the Board refused Bartra permission for a 372-unit residential development in Cookstown, Tallaght, the ruling said the 222 shared bedspaces included in the plans would “fail to provide an acceptable living environment.”

The Save Clondalkin Convent group are planning another public march through the village on September 28, starting at 3pm beside St Brigid’s Well.

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