Plans for demolition of Floraville Cottage refused permission

By Aideen O'Flaherty

CONTENTIOUS plans for the demolition of Floraville Cottage on Monastery Road in Clondalkin, and for the development of a ten-unit apartment block in its place, have been refused permission.

The proposed three-storey apartment block was to house four one-bedroom and six two-bedroom apartments.

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Floraville Cottage on Monastery Road

The plans, which were submitted by developer Chimway Limited last year, received 14 submissions.

Issues such as the height and size of the proposed apartment block, the potential impact on the streetscape, and potential traffic issues were raised in the submissions.

In a submission by the Castle Park Residents’ Association, they said that in their view the cottage is a “landmark building”, and due to its location serves as part of “a historic entry and exit into Clondalkin Village”.

South Dublin County Council refused permission for the plans on January 25, on a number of grounds. These grounds include the lack of proposed usable open space at ground-floor level of the development.

They also stated that the development would give rise to “a substandard design response”, that would “adversely impact on the visual amenity of the application site and character of the wider area”.

The local authority stated that Chimway “failed to provide an adequate design statement” in their planning application, and they said they had concerns about the proposed development of “an ecologically mature site”.

As previously reported in The Echo, there is a connection between Floraville Cottage and James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’, as it served as the inspiration for where Molly Bloom’s father, Major Powell, came from, according to Peter Ging from the Clondalkin Historical Society.

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