Friday 22 March 2019

Plans for 900 new homes rejected over flood risk

Minister Eoghan Murphy
Minister Eoghan Murphy

Planning permission for more than 900 new homes in south Dublin has been refused, due to concerns about flooding.

Viscount Securities sought a 10-year permission to build 927 homes at a 20-hectare site at Clay Farm, Ballyogan Road, to include 365 houses and 562 apartments.

Some 53 submissions were made on the plan, with concerns raised about the scale of the development, traffic impact and flooding.

In its decision, the board said it was "not satisfied" that the developer had provided adequate information around how it would manage storm waters in an area at risk of flooding.

It had "serious concerns" in relation to the effectiveness of the proposed solution, including plans for a water storage area, and overall calculation of surface water run-off rates.

"Furthermore, the board is not satisfied that the storm water outflow arising from the development can be limited… or that the site, when developed, would not result in flooding in the Ballyogan stream and related catchment downstream of the development site," it said.

"The proposed development would, therefore, lead to a risk of flooding of lands outside the subject site and be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area."


Transport Infrastructure Ireland said "insufficient data" had been submitted to demonstrate that it would not have a "detrimental impact" on the national road network and light rail system.

It comes as the Government has failed to meet its new-build social housing targets, but insists that the number of families provided with a home is above projections.

Some 2,245 new homes were built by local authorities and approved housing bodies last year, which is 92pc of the total expected, but Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy insists that new social housing supports are 23pc ahead of target.

Last year, some 25,892 people had their housing needs met, he said. This was 6,847 more than targeted, or 23pc.

"To put it another way," he said. "In 2017, 100 new households had their social housing need met each working day of the week. The Government exceeded its overall target for new social housing supports last year by 23pc, that's more than 4,800 additional tenancies.

"We came in slightly shy on our local authority and approved housing bodies build target for the year, but hitting 92pc of our target is still a very positive result. In fact, it's over three times the level of 2016."

But figures from the Department of Housing show just how reliant the State is on the private sector to meet demand. The figures showed last year, some 2,245 new social houses were delivered.

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