Balroy House Application

Glenveagh Homes have recently submitted an application for the site at Balroy House on the Carpenterstown Road. This application was discussed by the Fingal County Council Area Committee for Dublin 15 on 5 December. The following motion was proposed by Labour Party Councillor John Walsh, and was agreed by the Area Committee and will be included in the Chief Executive’s submission to An Bord Pleanála.

Motion agreed by Area Committee

The Area Committee believes that the proposed strategic housing development at Balroy House, Carpenterstown is fundamentally flawed, does not create a sustainable community and is contrary to proper planning on the following grounds:

1. The scale and height of the proposed five storey development is entirely inappropriate to the pattern of development in the surrounding area which consists mainly of two storey detached or semi-detached houses (with a smaller number of apartments) and amounts to over-development of this site.

2. A development consisting of 5 five storey blocks will have an unacceptable negative visual impact on surrounding homes and estates and is severely detrimental to residential amenity.

3. The development promotes an intensified level of development on this suburban site which is not supported by existing or planned infrastructure. The scale of the development will impose unsustainable pressure on primary and post-primary schools and childcare places in the area which are already heavily over-subscribed.

4. The development is not served by adequate public transport links. The train service is not only at capacity but will not see any significant improvement in the short-term, while the Carpenterstown Road is not included on the high frequency B ‘spine’ routes under the Bus Connects plan.

This Committee calls for the rejection of the application by An Bord Pleanála, as it is contrary to proper planning and development of the area.

– As proposed by Cllr John Walsh

Cllr John Walsh and I will be making our own detailed submission to An Bord Pleanála which will challenge the application in more detail and will address the many inaccuracies and shortcomings in the traffic report and especially the social infrastructure report.

The discussion of primary schools is inaccurate and ignores the reality that St Patrick’s National School and St Mochta’s National School are both heavily over-subscribed. The report also suggests that Coolmine Community School and Luttrellstown Community College would provide post-primary school places for the new development, but in fact it would be outside the catchment area for both. Castleknock College is a fee paying school and cannot simply be included as providing places for all residents. The report also claims that a new post-primary school will be provided in Blanchardstown in 2020 – the patron for this new school has not even been identified, a site has not been identified and it would not be built for at least two to three years.

You can make a submission to An Bord Pleanála, at: An Bord Pleanála, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1. Objections can be made up to 2nd January 2020.