Application for school extension deemed invalid

By Aideen O'Flaherty

A PLANNING application for a two-storey extension to Our Lady of Lourdes National School in Inchicore has been deemed invalid by Dublin City Council, as it provides “insufficient” information for the public.

The school received planning permission for the extension in February 2015, but it has since lapsed as planning permission is only granted for a period of five years, leaving the school to submit a new application last month.

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Our Lady of Lourdes National School planning application deemed invalid

In their most recent application, the school sought permission for the phased demolition of the middle section of the existing school building, the removal of prefabricated temporary teaching accommodation units and selected trees to make way for the extension.

Refurbishment of and alterations to the retained sections of the building, including internal works and application of new insulated rendering system to all elevations and upgrade of existing windows and doors, is provided for in the application.

The planned extension is to house a general-purpose hall, ten special-education tuition rooms, a multi-purpose room, a home-school liaison room, a library, associated offices, balcony to staff room, stores, toilets, circulation areas, and ancillary accommodation.

Provision of 22 on-site car-parking spaces and 60 on-site bicycle-parking spaces is also included in the plans.

It is noted in the application that the subject site is in the curtilage of protected structures, namely the Sisters of Mercy Chapel and Convent to the west of the site.

Last week, Dublin City Council deemed the school’s new planning application invalid for a number of reasons, and advised the applicant to include a number of additional documents if they resubmit the plans.

The local authority stated the plans contained “insufficient” information, and added that the “full nature and extent of the development” must be stated in the applicant’s site and newspaper notices.

They advised the applicant to submit a new site notice and a new newspaper notice, and they said “an undated letter of consent” stating the owner of the site, and that they consent to the proposed works, is required, while ten conservation method statements are also required.

The council ruled that the application was invalid on August 5.

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