Kingswood secondary school plans resubmitted after litany of errors

By Maurice Garvey

Kingswood 2ARCHITECTS have re-submitted a planning application for the long-awaited development of a 1,000 pupil secondary school in Kingswood.

The Echo reported in August how the planning application was deemed invalid by South Dublin County Council, after being found to contain multiple errors.

ARPL Architects, a company based in Ayr, Scotland, created the plans on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills.

Errors at the time included the erection of the site notice, no ordnance survey sheet number and no figures relating to elevations and sections indicated.

The appropriate fee for the application was also not received by the planning department, and questions contained typographical errors.

As plans for the secondary school have been in the pipeline for over 30 years, local representatives blasted the fiasco – independent councillor and primary school teacher Dermot Looney labelling it “amateur hour.”

ARPL re-submitted a planning application on August 18, including a copy of the “corrected planning application form”, and corrections of “typographical errors in questions.”

Copies of drawings were also included in the new planning application, and a planning fee of €37,786 “will be forwarded directly by the Department of Education and Skills.”

Jan O’Connor TD, the Minister for Education and Skills, has previously said that the intended opening date for the school is 2016/2017. Council planners are due to make a decision by October 10.

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