Delay on Cuckoo’s Nest plans

By Mary Dennehy

THOSE hoping to be back roosting in the Cuckoo’s Nest for their Christmas drinks will be disappointed to learn that South Dublin County Council has sought additional information on a planning application to develop land to the rear of the pub.

The council was due to make its decision on the development of a 45-unit residential estate on land to the back of the landmark pub by this Wednesday.

Cuckoos Nest planning May 19 2016

However, this week county planners have sought additional information on the planning application – which the applicant has six months to submit.

In May of last year, the Lynch family was forced to close the doors to the Nest due to spiralling debts reported to be in the region of €3 million.

However, in May of this year, Phyllis Lynch submitted a substantial planning application for a 45-house/apartment estate – with the sale of homes being used to pay back the banks, facilitating the re-opening of the Cuckoo’s Nest.

The planning application also provides for refurbishment works to the pub itself and the demolition of the Tallaght Theatre, which will be reconstructed in the north-west corner of the site.

While the council said the development of a residential and mixed use scheme at this location “may be acceptable in principal”, there are a number of issues that require clarity.

According to the council’s report, there are concerns over the positioning of the apartment block in relation to the outdoor area of the pub – which could cause potential noise and other nuisances for those living in the block.

The council has also flagged possible issues around how the proposed estate is integrated with Tymon Park, recommending that access to the park be “formalised and designed accordingly” and that the boundary treatment between the park and the private development detailed.

Additional information is also sought in relation to proposed parking, footpath network and pedestrian works, details on the proposed future Greenhills Road layout and any required alterations, construction and demolition waste, drainage and geological protection.

The applicant has six months to submit additional information.

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