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Bid to halt religious order flats plan ends in failure

A LAST-ditch bid to prevent a religious order getting permission for 359 apartments in Dublin has failed.

The Rosminians had received approval from Dublin City Council for the extensive development at Grace Park Road in Dublin 9.

However, disgruntled residents then appealed the ruling to An Bord Pleanala, but the local authority's decision was upheld.

The 10-year application from the trustees of the Rosminian Institute of Charity was for an "educational/institutional/residential development".

The plans relate to the order's 18-acre site at St Joseph's Centre for Children with Visual Impairment.

The land incorporates Drumcondra Castle, a national monument.

Included in the application are proposals for a two- and three-storey therapy, Braille and vocational skills building and a single storey pre and primary school.

However, the plan for 359 homes, mainly apartments, on 7.3 acres proved the most contentious.



Complained

A number of submissions were lodged with the council regarding the proposals.

One local resident had complained about the height of the apartment blocks.

"These blocks range in height from five storeys to eight storeys, the majority being seven storeys," he wrote in a letter of objection.

"I believe the site could be developed in a more positive way by building three and four-bedroom houses," he added.

A submission on behalf of Griffith Court Residents Association had stated the group had concerns that if a 10-year application were granted, it would "result in a protracted building programme and will cause unnecessary disruption to the residents of Griffith Court".

Another group, the All Hallows Area Association, said it had concerns about the location of the proposed new entrance and the height of the apartment buildings.

A resident of Grace Park Road said extra cars on the street would cause problems.

"The percentage of accidents is also very high on this road. Three people have been killed -- a motorcyclist, a car driver and a pedestrian all on separate occasions," she said.

She said that with two schools close by, a lot of children walk up and down the road.

comurphy@herald.ie