Objections lodged over 155-bed nursing home

By Maurice Garvey

PLANS for a 155-bed nursing home on the historic Presentation Convent site in Clondalkin Village have been granted permission by South Dublin County Council.

The proposed development has sparked a robust response in the community with over 80 submissions, mostly objections, lodged with South Dublin County Council.

Convent 1

Presentation Convent is a protected structure

Applicants Bartra Property Ltd are seeking permission to develop a 155-bed nursing home at the Convent Road site.

Opposition from residents and community groups cite the historic value of the convent and church (both protected structures), the scale and size of the proposed development, and potential impact to traffic on a congested bottle-neck with two schools located on Convent Road and another three on New Road.

Earlier this month, up to 70 residents attended an emergency meeting in the Laurels Pub.

At the time, Clondalkin Tidy Towns committee member Eoin Ó Broin, said the meeting expressed little faith in the planning office of South Dublin Country Council.

Ó Broin, who recently got elected as an Independent candidate in the local election, said the consensus expressed at the meeting, was that the application would be going to An Bord Pleanála.

According to the plans, SDCC considered the proposed development accords with the policies and objectives of South Dublin County Council as set out under the county development plan.

Planning conditions granted with the approval include the developer paying €736,000 in respect of public infrastructure, and a tree bond of €111,000 to the planning authority to ensure the protection of trees on and adjacent

to the site.

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