Two 'fast track' planning applications comprising a combined 686 residential units have been turned down by An Bord Pleanála due to shortcomings in the planning documentation lodged.
Earlier this year, Dwyer Nolan Developments lodged a Strategic Housing Development (SHD) application for 350 apartments for Santry Dublin 9 with the scheme reaching to 14 storeys in height.
The proposal for the Chadwicks Builders Merchants site at Santry Avenue and Swords Rd faced over 65 local objections including one from co-leader of Social Democrats, Roisin Shortall (TD).
Now, the appeals board has ruled that the Dwyer Nolan scheme materially contravenes an aspect of the Dublin City Development Plan concerning the number of three-bedroom units and one bedroomed units in the scheme.
The scheme proposed 6% to be three bedroomed apartments and the City Development Plan specifies that a minimum of 15% of the scheme be allocated to three bedroom apartments.
The board refusal states that it was precluded from granting planning permission as the statutory requirements concerning the submission of a material contravention statement have not been complied with in the planning application.
In a separate ruling, the appeals board has refused planning permission to Briargate Developments Newbridge Ltd for 336 units at Ballymany, Newbridge, Co Kildare.
The scheme is made up of 245 houses, 27 apartments and 64 duplexes.
The board refused planning permission as the applicants did not comply with the mandatory requirement to lodge an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) with the application as the proposed development site exceeded 10 hectares.
In the case of the Dwyer Nolan planned scheme for Santry, the inspector’s report by Conor McGrath leaves the door open for Dwyer Nolan to re-apply for planning permission.
Mr McGrath did recommend refusal due to the lapse in the planning documentation but did state that the design and layout is acceptable "and will deliver a satisfactory standard of residential amenity for future residents will not result in undue impacts on the amenities of the surrounding area".
Mr McGrath said that the proposed building heights materially contravene the provisions of the city development plan but are not regarded as unacceptable for this location, having regard to national guidance and the surrounding context.
Mr McGrath further stated: "Redevelopment of this brownfield site is considered to be in accordance with local, regional and national policy promoting the consolidation of urban areas."
Following An Bord Pleanála giving the green light last last year to a separate 12 storey 324 unit apartment scheme for Santry, Deputy Shortall told the appeals board in her submission "it now appears to be open season for tall buildings across Santry but the long-term effects of this must be considered".
Deputy Shortall stated: "Expensive high-rise apartment blocks, particularly in the absence of proper infrastructure and amenities, will not meet local housing need."
The Dublin North West TD told the appeals board the scheme is proposing 32 per cent one bed apartments and contravenes the City Development Plan as it proposing only 6 per cent of three bed apartments - short of the 15 per cent requirement in the development plan.
Deputy Shortall stated: "It is clear that Santry needs more affordable family homes, however it does not need additional tiny "shoebox" apartments priced out of reach of ordinary workers and local people."