14 September 2010

Fitzgerald to appeal decision on SIAC site to An Bord Pleanala

SIAC Granted 5 Year Planning Permission

Local Fine Gael Senator Frances Fitzgerald has announced her intention to appeal the decision by South Dublin County Council to grant five year permission for a mixed use development at the SIAC site on Monastery Road.

The Senator, who has now held two public consultation meetings with residents of Monastery, Floraville, Newlands, Knockmitten and Woodford, says there is huge local opposition to the proposal.

“There were almost 50 objections to this application and I am disappointed that the concerns of local residents have not been met. Permission was granted last week for the development of 317 apartments as well as retail and commercial units at the SIAC site at the top of Monastery Road,” explained Senator Frances Fitzgerald.

“Cllr Tony Delaney and I met with local residents on this and the message coming loud and clear is that the scale and mass of this development is too much. The original application was for a bigger development but even at its revised state, this development will be very imposing and will have huge traffic implications for the area as well as potential implications for local business,” continued Frances Fitzgerald.

“Although the development has been decreased I still have some concerns regarding its scale and also the road infrastructure, particularly along Knockmeenagh Road,” said Cllr Tony Delaney at the meeting.

“There were 50 conditions attached to this decision which is only valid for 5 years. The conditions relate to changes in junctions, carpark provisions, landscaping, the installation of CCTV in the basement carpark, the provision of community spaces and sought financial contributions to local infrastructure as well as The Metro West,” explained Frances Fitzgerald.

“I will be appealing the decision of South Dublin County Council to An Bord Pleanala. I will also be asking for an Oral Hearing so that the concerns of locals can be heard,” concluded Frances Fitzgerald.

The decision and conditions in full can be viewed online at www.francesfitzgerald.ie