Legal action considered over approval of Dublin flats
Published: 25 Feb 2020

Residents were contemplating taking legal action over An Bord Pleanála’s decision to approve more than 650 flats, in blocks up to nine storeys tall, in north Dublin.

Dublin City Council opposed the scheme for 657 new homes and nearly 500 parking spaces as being against the capital's development plan. There was also concern about the impact on populations of protected Brent geese as well as black-tailed godwits and curlews in Dublin Bay. These issues triggered a High Court challenge that quashed an earlier consent for a smaller scheme at the location.

The number of homes in the new scheme is 20% greater than previously planned. Residents and politicians have argued that the earlier plans of 536 houses and flats represented overdevelopment of the site.

The decision surfaced as several other fast-tracked residential schemes enjoyed mixed fortunes. An Bord Pleanála refused planning permission to:

  • Shannon Homes Drogheda Ltd, to build 357 units, made up of 169 houses, 136 flats and 52 duplex apartments in County Meath;
  • Dwyer Nolan Developments Ltd, for 359 dwellings in County Dublin;
  • Steelworks Property Developments Ltd, for 245 build-to-rent flats in Tallaght.

Are you wondering why we're discussing legislation in the Republic of Ireland? Watch this space...