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The wife of Dermot Desmond is among those seeking to block the apartment plans

The wife of Dermot Desmond is among those seeking to block the apartment plans

The wife of Dermot Desmond is among those seeking to block the apartment plans

Dublin City Council planners have recommended An Bord Pleanála gives the green light to contentious plans for a €338m development for former RTÉ lands in Dublin 4.

As part of a 67-page chief executive's report on the Cairn Homes plan, planners have recommended that permission be granted to Project Montrose, made up of 611 apartments across nine buildings ranging in height from four to 10 storeys.

In their report forwarded to An Bord Pleanála, the planners have recommended that planning be granted in spite of a number of members of the city council expressing "serious reservations".

Split

Minutes of a Council South East area meeting show councillors were split on the development.

As part of the proposal, Cairn Homes has put a €30.17m price tag on selling 61 apartments to Dublin City Council for social housing.

It said a two-bed apartment would cost €521,377 and a one-bed €472,797.

The report from city council planners states they agree that the location allows for extra building height along the Still- organ Road.

The report states it "recommends that An Bord Pleanála considers a grant of permission" as the proposal is in line with the provisions of the Dublin City Council development plan.

It came as three Ailesbury Road residents, including Pat Desmond, the wife of businessman Dermot Desmond, failed to get a High Court stay on An Bord Pleanála's decision.

The board previously agreed to consider Cairn Homes Properties Ltd's application but has not yet decided. Its decision is expected next week.

The stay on the decision was sought pending the determination of the residents' judicial review challenge, to be heard in November, over the board's designation of the proposed development as strategic housing under the 2016 Act.

The act allows developers who want to build a development that has more than 100 units to bypass the local housing authority.

Mr Justice Denis McDonald had last July granted leave to the residents - Mrs Desmond and former Irish Sugar managing director Chris Comerford and businessman John Gleeson - to challenge the board's decision.

The case includes claims about steps taken by the board leading to the Strategic Housing Act designation.

They also claim provisions of the act breach their rights under the Constitution and European Convention on Hum-an Rights.

Nineteen objections have been lodged against the fast track proposals at An Bord Pleanála.

Others to object include the Republic of Austria, which has its embassy and ambassador's residence on Ailesbury Road, and the Ailesbury Road Residents' Association.