Residents object to new plans for 126 apartments in Tallaght

By Aideen O'Flaherty

A NUMBER of residents’ associations have lodged objections to plans for the development of 126 apartments at a site at Second Avenue in Cookstown Industrial Estate, Tallaght.

The applicant, Prymount Property Development Limited, submitted an application for planning permission last month for the mixed residential and commercial development.

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It is proposed that the development will consist of 126 apartments, to be housed in three blocks, and two commercial units, a community room, a crèche and a gym.

There are plans for the blocks to be partially five-storeys, rising to seven-storeys, and there are also provisions for an underground car park to provide 152 parking spaces.

Four different community and residents’ group have lodged objections to the proposed development on a number of issues.

These issues include concerns about traffic congestion, the height of the proposed development, lack of availability in nearby schools for increased student numbers, and the potential for anti-social behaviour.

Among other concerns raised in their submission, Tallaght Community Council described the apartments in the proposed development as being “not fit for purpose”, and stated that there is “no architectural merit” in the development.

The Belgard Heights-based Community and Residential Association Limited group stated that one of their concerns were that apartment blocks of a similar style have “a history of descending into social breakdown, disorder and criminality.”

The Oaks Local Residents’ Group raised concerns in relation to traffic congestion, the height of the development and also the potential for anti-social behaviour in the proposed underground car park.

The Ambervale Cairnwood Community Group raised a number of concerns, one of which concerned the proposed development “seriously [compromising] the privacy of the residents living opposite”.

A number of the groups also raised concerns about a previous planning application for the site for a similar development, which was refused permission last September on a number of grounds including a lack of available frontage, overdevelopment and the proposed height of the development.

A decision on the current application for planning permission is due from South Dublin County Council by August 24.

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