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St Kevin’s GAA club also uses the grounds in Crumlin

St Kevin’s GAA club also uses the grounds in Crumlin

St Kevin’s GAA club also uses the grounds in Crumlin

Three separate High Court challenges are being brought against planning permission for 161 apartments and townhouses on part of a city GAA grounds.

The Templeogue Synge Street GAA grounds at Dolphin Park, Crumlin, were previously owned by the Christian Brothers for the Synge Street school.

In 1990, they were transferred to the past pupils' association, which later merged with Templeogue GAA to form the Templeogue Synge Street GAA club.

Kevin's GAA club also had the use of the grounds under the Christian Brothers and when ownership transferred, Kevin's says it was assured it would have the same rights of use it had in the past.

Last year, the Templeogue Synge Street club applied for permission to Dublin City Council for the residential development, which it said was required to pay for the upgrade of its existing sport facilities.

Council planners refused permission, saying, among other things, the development, on 17pc of the land, would lead to the loss of green infrastructure.

The club appealed and last November An Bord Pleanala granted permission.

Yesterday, three parties were given leave on a one-side-only represented basis by Mr Justice Charles Meenan to bring judicial review proceedings against the board over its decision.

The trustees of Kevin's GAA club, and David O'Sullivan, who lives beside the entrance to the grounds at Crumlin Road, brought the first two challenges. The third was by financial consultant Barry Carroll, who the court heard lives part of the year at Crumlin Road.

Property

Mr O'Sullivan says the GAA property is accessed through a road and gateway at the side of his home, and he has a right of way through the laneway to the rear of his property.

With nearly 200 parking spaces being provided in the new development and works required to the laneway, he says he will be unable to safely access his right of way. He is also concerned about overlooking of his property, loss of light and anti-social behaviour.

Kevin's GAA club says off-pitch areas are currently used by Kevin's for nursery and hurling by younger teams.

It says a juvenile player could strike a sliotar and hit a window in the new apartments because the pitches would be so close, which could lead to nuisance actions against the club.

Mr Carroll challenges the board's acceptance of its inspector's report that the development met a requirement that housing can be permitted in "highly exceptional circumstances".

All three say the development will deprive light-bellied Brent geese, which visit the site during winter, of a significant amount of foraging land.

They also claim the board was in error in the conduct of an appropriate assessment of the site in compliance with the planning acts and the EU Habitats Directive.

It is also claimed there are serious gaps in the assessment and in a natural impact statement. The case comes back in March.