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Róisín Shortall objected to the 324-apartment development

Róisín Shortall objected to the 324-apartment development

Róisín Shortall objected to the 324-apartment development

An Bord Pleanála has given the green light for 324 apartments in an apartment block development for Santry despite Social Democrat co-leader Róisín Shortall expressing "ghost tower" fears for the area.

In total, the appeals board has granted planning permission for almost 700 residential units in two fast-track planning applications across north Dublin and Co Kildare.

In one Strategic Housing Development (SHD) plan, the appeals board granted planning permission for 324 apartments on lands north east of the Omni Park Shopping Centre, Swords Road, Dublin 9.

The three apartment blocks planned by the Omni Centre Partnership Consortium are to range in height from five storeys up to 12 storeys.

Outrageous

The proposal also includes an 81-bedroom aparthotel.

The appeals board granted planning in spite of Deputy Shortall and a large number of locals lodging objections against the proposal.

In her objection against the plan, Deputy Shortall has described the 12-storey height as "outrageous" for the area.

"The scale of the proposed development would present an incongruous 'landmark' overlooking residents and business in the area," she said.

She further said that "12 storeys is out of sync with the low rise character of the area and wholly unsuitable for Santry".

The Deputy added that "it appears to be open season for tall buildings across Santry but the long term effects of this must be considered".

"High rise apartment blocks without proper infrastructure and amenities, could become 'ghost towers' littered across our community," she said.

However, the appeals board found that the plan would constitute an acceptable quantum and density of development in this accessible urban location and would not seriously injure the residential or visual amenities of the area.

It also found that the proposal would be acceptable in terms of traffic and pedestrian safety.

The appeals board gave the plan the go-ahead despite planners from Dublin City Council recommending the plan be refused.

Separately, the appeals board dismissed the recommendation of its own inspector to give the go-ahead to Ardstone Homes Ltd for 372 residential units for lands at Crodaun, Cellbridge, Co Kildare.