Plans by developer Noel Smyth to construct a 13 storey tower overlooking Dun Laoghaire harbour are facing local opposition.

Over 70 objections have been lodged with An Bord Pleanála against the €47.5 million 'fast-track' plan by Mr Smyth’s Fitzwilliam PL Ltd to construct the 102 build to rent apartment scheme on the car-park of St Michael’s Hospital at Seafront Quarter, Crofton Rd, Dun Laoghaire.

Documents lodged with the appeals board show that the estimated monthly rent roll from the development totals €204,800.

This is based on the developer’s estimate of a monthly rent of €2,400 for a two bedroom and €1,900 for a one month bedroom apartment.

As part of the developer’s Part V requirements, it is to provide 10 of the 102 apartments to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to rent to people on the Council’s housing list.

Those to object to the planned tower include 'Save Our Seafront’ and People Before Profit TD, Richard Boyd Barrett.

‘Save our Seafront’ argue that 13 storey building will destroy the unique skyline at Dun Laoghaire and will take away from the look and feel of Dun Laoghaire.

On behalf of Katherine Aylmer, Roisin Hanley Architects told the appeals board that the scheme will significantly pollute the skyline at night and destroy the amenities of 130 neighbouring residential units.

At pre-planning stage, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council voiced its concerns over the proposed height of the tower after stating that it "would appear to rise above the tower of the County Hall and the spires of St Michael’s and Mariners’ Church".

However, consultants for the developers, John Spain & Associates argue that the height of the building is justified as it "will introduce a landmark building which provides a gateway entrance to Dun Laoghaire town centre and helps to define the Seafront Quarter".

Mr Spain also states that the scheme will provide high quality build to rent residential apartments and Part V units at a highly accessible and well-designed urban environment.

He also states that the proposals will replace a surface car park with a modern apartment development "which provides a high level of amenities to residents".

A decision is due on the application at the end of April.