Le­gal chal­lenges against plan to build 500 homes be­side pub­lic park fast-tracked

Irish Independent - - News - Tim Healy

A NUM­BER of ac­tions seek­ing the quash­ing of planning per­mis­sion for 500 homes in north Dublin are to be dealt with un­der the High Court’s fast-track sys­tem for ma­jor planning cases.

Crekav Trad­ing, part of de­vel­oper Mar­let, plans to build 104 houses and 432 apart­ments on lands used by St Paul’s Col­lege in Ra­heny for six play­ing pitches. The land is ad­ja­cent to St Anne’s Park.

It was for­merly owned by the Vin­cen­tian Fa­thers, who are the trustees of St Paul’s all-boys sec­ondary school.

Yes­ter­day, Mr Jus­tice David Bar­niville granted sev­eral par­ties who ar­gue the de­ci­sion is “fun­da­men­tally flawed” to bring chal­lenges against var­i­ous other par­ties, in­clud­ing An Bord Pleanála and the State. Crekav, the de­vel­oper, which is also op­pos­ing the chal­lenges, is a no­tice party.

The ap­pli­cants in­clude Clon­res CLG, which rep­re­sents res­i­dents from the Clon­tarf area, en­vi­ron­men­tal cam­paigner Peter Sweet­man, the Louth En­vi­ron­men­tal Group (LIG) and the LIG’s John Con­way.

Per­mis­sion to bring the chal­lenges was granted on an ex­parte (one side only rep­re­sented ba­sis) by the judge.

The plan for 500 homes on the St Paul’s Col­lege play­ing fields in Ra­heny, Dublin, is be­ing chal­lenged

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