Over 165 objections have been lodged against plans to construct 671 apartments and duplex units in a 'fast track' residential scheme at Milltown Park, Dublin.

The Strategic Housing Development scheme by builders Ardstone includes a ten-storey apartment block at Sandford Road, Dublin 6.

In total, the 671 apartments and duplex unit scheme is made up of 604 ‘build to rent’ and 67 ‘build to sell’ units across eight apartment blocks.

The closing date for submissions to An Bord Pleanala is now closed and Dublin Bay South TDs, Ivana Bacik (Lab) and Jim O’Callaghan (FF) have lodged submissions in support of locals’ opposition against the scheme.

The objections lodged from locals also include a number from local residents’ groups.

Deputy O’Callaghan has told the appeals board that the proposed development "is far too dense and unsustainable". He said he supports residential development for the site but that the scale, density and height of the scheme "is excessive".

The prominent Fianna Fáil back bencher states that "90% of the units are being constructed on a build to let basis. This will not facilitate young families who wish to settle permanently in the area".

In her submission, Deputy Bacik said that issues relating to the site are predicted to have a deleterious effect on the quality of life of residents.

On the build to rent component of the scheme, Deputy Bacik said that she has "grave reservations about the dominance of build to rent in Ireland's planning system".

Dublin Bay South constituency colleague, Chris Andrews TD (SF) has also voiced his opposition against the scheme.

Deputy Andrews has told the appeals board that there is "no community gain" from "a highly unsuitable, unsustainable and inappropriate development".

One of the community organisations to oppose the scheme, the Ranelagh Village Improvement Group said that "it is not acceptable that this development should accentuate the social divide in housing provision in Dublin and create a ghetto of transients with no community life or identity".

The group claim that the development "will form a destructive precedent for future developments in the Ranelagh area".

The Cherryfield Avenue Upper Residents Association has also objected to the scheme.

As part of a 116 page document, the residents’ submission claims that the scheme represents 'overdevelopment’ and will have a severe material impact on the residents of the area.

However, consultant for Ardstone firm and applicants Sandford Living Ltd, Patricia Thornton argues that the subject site "is ideally suited to the provision of a residential development comprising a mix of Build-to-Sell and Built-to-Rent units".

Ms Thornton of Thornton O’Connor Town Planning states that the principal goal of the development "is to open up the site to the wider community through the provision of an extensive range of public open spaces and to increase housing supply on a strategically located large plot of underutilised land".

She said the scheme "has been designed to accord with National and Local Level Planning Policy and will provide a high-quality living environment that provides opportunities for social interaction and integration".

Ms Thornton further argues that "the design response provides a contemporary architectural solution that maximises the development potential of the subject lands in the interests of sustainable development".

The 154 page planning report states that "the Build-to-Rent element of the scheme will provide rental options in the area whilst the Build-to-Sell units will provide an opportunity for people to purchase dwellings within the scheme and as such the scheme will cater for a wide cohort of persons".

An Bord Pleanála is due to make a decision on the application in January.