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Residents Block Dublin Scheme

Posted by Richard Ward in

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Residents have brought about a judicial review over an An Bord Pleanala's expedited permission granted in June to build a 698-bed purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) scheme in south Dublin.

It is the second time that plans for the site have faced a legal challenge, with a previous fast-track permission for 132 apartments quashed in the High Court in March 2020.

It is argued that the removal of trees would contravene the local development plan, resulting in Justice David Holland granting an order to stop the developer from interfering with any trees on the site pending the next court date on November 8th.

The plans were submitted by Colbeam Limited directly to An Bord Pleanala, which bypasses normal planning procedures, due to it being a strategic housing development.

Residents are not against the redevelopment but argue the scheme is an over-development of the site. They also raised concerns over the viability of the PBSA.

They claim permission for the project is invalid on the basis that it contradicts requirements for open spaces and building height. They also claim the decision breachers the Planning Act's Part V requirements for the provision of social housing.