Saturday 22 October 2016

Plans for development next to St Anne's lodged again after 'clerical error'

Developer Greg Kavanagh
Developer Greg Kavanagh

Property developer Greg Kavanagh has resubmitted a controversial planning application - after a clerical error saw it lodged under a company that doesn't exist.

An application for almost 400 homes next to St Anne's park in Raheny was declared invalid by Dublin City Council when they discovered that the company, Crekav Landbank Developments Ltd, didn't exist.

Exactly a week later, on December 9, the application was re-submitted under Crekav Landbank Investments Ltd, the correct company, of which Mr Kavanagh is listed as a director.

The confusion has pushed the planning process back by two months as it is now considered a brand new application.

More than 200 submissions, many of them objections, were lodged for the original plans.

Objections were lodged by residents, local politicians and Clontarf Football Club to the plans which many feel would disrupt the amenity of the northside park.

People will now have January 12 to lodge their comments on the application again.

No submissions have yet been made, according to the DCC planning website.

The developer has sought permission to build 107 houses and 274 apartments in five six-storey blocks on the site.

It is also planned to build two all-weather sports facilities on the land which is located behind St Paul's college.

Local councillor Naoise O'Muiri said that he thinks the mishap with the company name will not deter any locals from objecting to the plans.

"I think if anything everyone is going to be back in [with submissions]. This has drawn even more attention to it and everyone, including myself, will be submitting again," he said.

Whatever the outcome it was a "major planning decision" for the area he said.

The company held a public meeting to talk residents through the plans before they were brought to the council.

Previously the company stressed that there would not be any loss to locals in relation to the amenity of the park, and plans would not create traffic problems in the area.

"We have put careful consideration into the concept and design of this scheme, respecting its setting and its immediate environment," a spokesman said in a statement.

"The development is designed to have minimal impact on St Anne's Park and generally will have limited visibility in the park. We believe it will bring significant benefits to the area."

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