Permission has been granted for the development of part of a Dublin GAA grounds despite local objections that the south city area is already short of green space.

Templeogue Synge Street Gaelic Football club received approval from An Bord Pleanála for the development of 161 housing units to fund redevelopment of their grounds at Dolphin Park.

Around 15% of the pitch at Dolphin Park in Crumlin will be used to build 153 apartments, seven townhouses and one detached house, according to a spokesperson for the club.

This will fund a €3m development including floodlights, a new training all-weather pitch, a new gym and dressing rooms to allow an extra 400 hours of training a year for its 46 teams.

Club chairman Alan O'Brien welcomed the decision saying: "We are going to create a modern GAA facility that will service the needs of the GAA community in this part of Dublin for generations to come."

The club said the development will not lead to the loss of playing facilities as it involves two adult pitches and cross field juvenile pitches.

However, Kevins Hurling and Camogie Club, which is based in the south inner city and has been sharing the facilities, said the club will be losing out and might have to train even further away from where their players live.

Many south city residents also complained that the area is chronically short of green space.