Objection to Santa Sabina apartment development

I have objected to the proposed high-density development of part of the Santa Sabina lands.
Councillor David Healy
Green Party/Comhaontas Glas
Howth ward / Dublin North East
01 8324087
54, Páirc Éabhóra, Beann Éadair
54, Evora Park, Howth
5th September 2006

Planning Department,
Fingal County Council

Re: planning application F06A/1099

A chairde,

I wish to object to this application on the following grounds.

1. Excessive density in an area poorly served by public transport.  

Density guidelines both at national and local level are based on the potential for serving higher density developments by public transport.  This area is on the 31B bus route which has 16 buses a day on a weekday, 6 on a Saturday and 3 on a Sunday.    It is well outside walking distance from Sutton Dart Station.  The overall area is mostly low to medium density housing and amenity, high amenity, special amenity area and other protected lands.  The creation a pockets of high-density development within this area, which will not be served by quality public transport is car-dependent residential development and therefore is entirely contrary to proper planning and development.

2. Visual impact  and height

The development would have a negative visual impact on protected views, marked for preservation in the Development Plan from Dublin Road and Strand Road.  This is primarily due to the height of the developments.

3. Impact on neighbouring residential amenity.

The development would have a severe negative impact on adjacent houses.  I know many of these residents are rightly objecting on their own behalf.

4. Flooding risk

The development could by displacing groundwater and interfering with drainage increase flooding risks in the area.  I note that ground floor levels are elevated in the plans.  Underneath some of these ground floors basement car parking is proposed.  Is it considered that car parking with a high risk of flooding is proper planning?

Allegations of irregularities in the planning process

Mr. Bannon’s letter of 24th August makes an important allegation that alterations were made to documents in the planning file.  If this allegation is correct it would be an  offence under the planning acts. I request that this matter be fully investigated.

Is mise, le meas,

David Healy