Min­is­ter joins ob­jec­tors to McKillen’s city plan

Irish Independent - - Business - Gor­don Dee­gan

DE­VEL­OP­ERS Paddy McKillen jnr and Matt Ryan face a fresh hur­dle in their plans to se­cure plan­ning per­mis­sion for apart­ments, a pub and restau­rant at the site of the for­mer Kiely’s pub in Mount Mer­rion, Co Dublin.

This fol­lows a num­ber of ob­jec­tors lodg­ing ap­peals against the de­ci­sion by Dún Laoghaire-Rath­down County Coun­cil to grant plan­ning per­mis­sion for the re­vised plan.

The green light from the coun­cil fol­lowed the lo­cal author­ity re­fus­ing plan­ning per­mis­sion to an ear­lier plan last July af­ter it re­ceived over 330 ob­jec­tions.

The re­fusal by the coun­cil was up­held by An Bord Pleanála re­sult­ing in the de­vel­op­ers sub­mit­ted the re­vised plan.

The new plan com­prises 11 one-bed­room, 30 two-bed­room and nine three-bed­room apart- ments along with the pub and restau­rant.

The ob­jec­tors to lodge in­di­vid­ual ap­peals with An Bord Pleanála against the de­ci­sion are listed as Donal Ka­vanagh, Colm Daly and Ger­ald Cos­grove.

A lo­cal TD, the Min­is­ter for Cul­ture, Her­itage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madi­gan, made a sub­mis­sion with the coun­cil voic­ing her con­cerns over the plan.

In her sub­mis­sion, Min­is­ter Madi­gan stated: “I stand with Mount Mer­rion res­i­dents on this is­sue. Their needs must be given top pri­or­ity in con­sid­er­ing this ap­pli­ca­tion.”

She said: “While the re-sub­mit­ted ap­pli­ca­tion takes into ac­count a num­ber of the orig­i­nal con­cerns, how­ever con­cerns still re­main.

“New de­vel­op­ment in the area is wel­come, but it must be suit­able for the lo­cal land­scape and fit in with the com­mu­nity,” Ms Madi­gan said.

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