A proposal by a fee-paying school in Dalkey, Co Dublin to build a residential development on its grounds has been opposed by locals.
Castle Park school was granted permission by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council in December for 47 houses and apartments on a 3.7-acre part of the school grounds behind Mackey's Garden Centre.
However, a number of local groups and individuals - including Dalkey Community Council, Castlelands Residents Association and the residents of Castle Close - have appealed the planning permission to An Bord Pleanála.The school has sold off portions of its landholding at Castlepark Road for residential development over the years.
In the case of the current proposal, it is believed the school struck a deal to develop the lands with a consortium of developers, including David Arnold, for around €10 million subject to planning permission. The proceeds are to contribute towards a redevelopment of the school which involves new teaching and sporting facilities.
In its letter to the planning board, Dalkey Community Council says the four to five-storey height of one of the residential buildings proposed is out of character with the surrounding architecture and will cause overlooking of houses in Castleclose.
Increased traffic on Castlepark Road is also an issue and it says a residential development would compromise the setting of the school, where the woodlands are an integral part of the landscape.
In 2006 the school was refused permission for 81 residential units on the site by An Bord Pleanála board who said the height, layout and scale of the development would seriously injure adjacent houses.