Prospect House contentious plans refused permission

By Aideen O'Flaherty

A DEVELOPER’s contentious plans to reconfigure Prospect House in Stocking Lane to provide apartment units, and the construction of an apartment block on surrounding land, have been refused permission by An Bord Pleanála.

Sequana Assets Limited lodged a planning application with South Dublin County Council last year, seeking permission for the internal modification, reconfiguration of and refurbishments to Prospect House.

Prospect House 1

Prospect House in Stocking Lane

The proposed works to Prospect House, a protected structure, were to provide for one two-bed unit and two one-bed units ranging from 66sq.m to 148sq.m, with five in-curtilage car parking spaces.

Proposed extension works included internal reconfiguration of and refurbishments to the detached outbuildings and courtyard to the rear of Prospect House, in order to accommodate a single-storey one-bedroom apartment unit.

The provision of one apartment block, at three-storeys high and setback penthouse level, to the western side of Prospect House to provide for 25 residential units, to consist of eight one-bedroom units, 16 two-bedroom units and one three-bedroom unit was included in the plans.

The plans received 83 third-party submissions, and South Dublin County Council refused permission in November 2019.

The local authority said the development would constitute overdevelopment of the site, and would have “a detrimental impact” on the protected structure of Prospect House.

Other issues the council stated in their refusal to grant permission include the view that a proposed basement apartment within Prospect House “would provide a poor overall standard of accommodation”.

Sequana Assets lodged an appeal against the council’s decision last December, and stated in their appeal that the development was designed “with the intention that Prospect House remains a strong feature on the site”, and that it would be “improved” by the new development on site.

They also submitted a noise impact assessment, revised drawings and a revised photomontage.

An Bord Pleanála (ABP) upheld South Dublin County Council’s decision, and refused permission for the development last month.

In refusing permission for the plans, ABP ruled that the proposed development would be “out of scale with its surroundings” and that it would “dominate and seriously detract” from the “architectural character” of Prospect House.

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