An Bord Pleanála have made their decision regarding the 698 bed, 8 block, 7 storey, 9 car park spaces, student accommodation SHD development for the Our Lady’s Grove site. They have granted full permission for the development. It is a very disappointing result, and a very poor planning decision. They acknowledge this development will materially contravene the DLR County Development Plan in 4 different ways – height, density, open space and Part V housing (the requirement for developments to provide a percentage of social housing to the Council. There will be no social housing, or funding in lieu provided to the Council for this development.).
The only option to potentially reverse this decision is by requesting leave to take a Judicial Review at the High Court. This review would only take legal, not planning, matters into account, and is a substantial undertaking.
If you would like to see the Inspector’s Report from An Bord Pleanála, you can find that here.
If you would like to see the Chief Executive’s Report from DLR County Council, dating from April, (which recommended refusal on various grounds), you can see that here.
If you have any comments regarding this development, or the SHD process in general, we would suggest you contact your local politician(s).