Contentious apartment block appealed to An Bord Pleanala

By Aideen O'Flaherty

CONTENTIOUS plans for the construction of a three-storey apartment block at Carrigmore View in Aylesbury, Tallaght, have been appealed to An Bord Pleanála.

As previously reported in The Echo, Blessington-based developer JAS Ventures lodged a planning application with the council last March, seeking permission for the construction of a three-storey building.

Aylesbury site 1

The development in Carrigmore View in Aylesbury

The proposed building is to provide two one-bed apartments at ground floor level and two two-bed duplex apartments at first and second floor level.

Provision for new vehicular access and car parking to front gardens and all associated site works is included in the plans.

This is the second time the developer has lodged plans for the Carrigmore site, as JAS submitted a planning application for an identical development last year, and while it was granted planning permission by the council, An Bord Pleanála refused permission after a third-party appeal.

Their most recent planning application was granted permission by South Dublin County Council last month, despite attracting ten objections from local residents and politicians who raised concerns about potential “overshadowing”, “poor design” of the development, and the potentially negative impact on the street scape.

The local authority granted permission for the development with a number of conditions.

These conditions include the stipulation that the footpath fronting the development should be 2.0m wide, and that tree planting and landscaping is to be carried out within the first six months of the development, or during the first planting season after the commencement of works.

In late November, an appeal was lodged with ABP by ‘Concerned Residents of Carrigmore’ against the council’s decision to grant permission.

In their appeal, the residents stated that the development would represent “poor planning”, would be “visually intrusive” as a result of its scale, height, mass and roof and window designs, and that it would set “an undesirable precedent” for other developments in the locality.

The residents added that, if ABP decided to uphold the council’s decision, the appeals board should consider making revisions to the plans, including removing the third storey and roof of the proposed development and replacing it with a pitched roof.

A decision on the appeal has not yet been made by ABP.

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