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Sunday 17 November 2019

High-rise plan 'a dog house and a monstrosity', say residents

Protesters at the building site in Coolock
Protesters at the building site in Coolock

Local residents have branded the design of a high-rise residential development on the main street in Coolock village a "dog house" and a "monstrosity".

They say the development, planned for the north Dublin village, consisting of one six-storey apartment block and another five-storey block, is too large for the area.

Planning permission was granted to developers Bloom Capital, despite 238 formal objections lodged by residents.

Locals protested yesterday in front of the construction site on the former Chanel College land.

With an overriding need for housing in Dublin, protesters insisted that this isn't a case of "not in my village".

They said that they would be fully accepting of residential construction - just not on the scale of this development.

The area has been earmarked for residential development for more than a decade and three separate projects were planned there.

In 2009, 53 apartments were to be built there, while an application in 2015 saw 65 planned. Now the figure has risen to 88.

However, the footprint of the building has remained the same and the number of parking spaces has slightly reduced.

Parking

Local man Padraig Kent said: "It's on the same basement with the same amount of parking spaces as the 2009 plans.

Protesters at the scene
Protesters at the scene

"We asked [Dublin City Council] for a traffic survey - their answer is that they are going to encourage residents not to own cars... how realistic.

"They want to fit as many people into these dog boxes as they possibly can."

One of the major bones of contention is the design of the building, which locals describe as "a monstrosity".

They are worried that it may overshadow the existing architecture - mostly two-storey buildings.

Resident Shona Whelan says the fire this week at Scoil Chaitriona Cailini nearby also highlights the issue of safety in the area.

"There are no amenities or local infrastructure included. Road safety hasn't even been done here yet," Ms Whelan added.

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