Local residents have failed in attempts to prevent An Bord Pleanála from giving the green light for Glenveaghs Deer Park apartment scheme. The appeals board has agreed to reduce the scale of the scheme from 162 apartments to 113 apartments, ordering the removal of the top floor in each apartment block.
The submissions encompassed an array of issues that many locals had found with the developments plans. Many locals were concerned that Howth is being overdeveloped; local primary schools are already at capacity; and the density of the scheme is not in keeping with the character of the area.
Fingal County Council has also recommended that planning permission be refused for the scheme across a number of headings. The Council stated that the proposal would not be acceptable given the excessive scale within this extremely sensitive setting. Fingal also noted that the plans would have a detrimental impact on the setting of protected structures including Howth Castle.
However, the appeals board declared that reducing the height and scale of the proposed development would be appropriate. They continued saying that, despite the numerous objections, the scheme is acceptable in all other respects.
The appeals board has stated that the scheme is on a strategic site for housing and was one of only a few remaining vacant sites identified for housing in Howth.
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