The proposed development of over 1,600 rental housing units on the former Holy Cross seminary lands in Dublin have been criticised as "alarming" and "unbalanced" by Dublin City Council.

In their submission council planners criticised in particular the fact that one bed and studio apartments would make up 71% of the Build To Rent scheme on Clonliffe Road, Drumcondra.

The proposal by international real estate group Hines has gone straight to An Bord Pleanála for approval as a Strategic Housing Development.

Council planners said the ratio of one bed units was "alarming" and "unbalanced" and unlikely to provide a mixed use, attractive neighbourhood.

The overconcentration "appear to create long, and windowless 'hotel like' internal circulation corridors" the submission stated.

The council's conservation officer had concerns about the effect the development's height and scale would have on protected structures such as the Red House and Seminary and wanted an 18 storey tower omitted from the plans.

In their report the council planners concluded "the proposed scheme is not sensitive or sympathetic, in scale, design or composition to the protected structures within the subject site or nearby historic structures".

The planners said if the scheme was given permission there would have to be improvements to open space, communal facilities and access to daylight from the apartments.

Local councillor Nial Ring (Ind) said the council's concerns reflected those felt by hundreds of local residents who had objected.

"Hopefully An Bord Pleanála will also reflect public opinion on this hideous and contemptible scheme and throw it out" he said.

A decision is expected in November.