Maxol given green light to build 90 homes in place of D4 petrol sta­tion

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Business & Appointments - - FRONT PAGE - Michael Cog­ley

FORECOURT re­tailer Maxol has been given the go-ahead to knock down one of its petrol sta­tions and an ad­join­ing car deal­er­ship in south Dublin and re­place it with a five-storey apart­ment block.

The com­pany, which is owned by the McMul­lan fam­ily, faced ob­jec­tions to its pro­posed devel­op­ment of 90 apart­ments along Beach Road in Sandy­mount, Dublin 4. The pro­posal was put for­ward by Thomas Mcmul­lan, who sits on the board of Maxol.

The 11,500sqm devel­op­ment will be made up of 23 one-bed units, 53 two-beds, and a fur­ther 14 three-bed homes. Maxol will also pro­vide 90 park­ing spa­ces and 90 cy­cle spa­ces for res­i­dents. Dublin City Coun­cil granted per­mis­sion to build in June, but op­po­si­tion from res­i­dents and a lo­cal school meant that the is­sue was es­ca­lated to An Bord Pleanala.

Ob­jec­tors cited prob­lems with the de­sign of the build­ing and the ef­fect it would have on the “in­tegrity of the neigh­bour­hood”.

They also raised con­cerns that it would over­look other prop­er­ties.

One such prop­erty is St Matthew’s Na­tional School, which raised con­cerns around the safety of its stu­dents.

In the plan­ning board’s re­port, it said that over­look­ing into the school was “rea­son­able be­cause nat­u­ral sur­veil­lance of play ar­eas in schemes is en­cour­aged in the apart­ment guide­lines”. An Bord Pleanala ap­proved the scheme un­der a num­ber of con­di­tions, in­clud­ing an obli­ga­tion on Maxol to gain ap­proval for any ex­ter­nal fin­ishes.

The Sandy­mount devel­op­ment was the first time Maxol had de­cided to use a site for hous­ing in­stead of a forecourt. The com­pany has since sought per­mis­sion for res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment at an­other site in Sag­gart in south-west Dublin.

Maxol plans to build 90 apart­ments

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