SAGGART RESIDENTS are appealing a decision by South Dublin County Council to grant planning permission to allow Roadstone resume quarrying activities at the De Selby Quarry near the Dublin mountains in Saggart, Co Dublin.
Requesting an oral hearing, a resident of Lugmore, Saggart said in his appeal to An Bord Pleanála that his home shares a boundary of more than 900 metres with the quarry. He contends that main operations ceased at the quarry in the early 1980s “and recommenced in 1997 on a low frequency basis”.
Calling it “most incredible” that planning permission has been granted by South Dublin County Council to continue quarrying activities, he says the main issues are “severe nuisance and intrusion caused by noise, dust, blasting, vibration, fencing, security, traffic hazard and water”.
The appellant says he is “not ideologically opposed” to the quarry “if it is operated properly” and requested that, if it is granted planning permission, a buffer zone of 60 to 80 metres be implemented “between the quarry and boundary fence to give us some degree of quality of life for us and our livestock”.
The appellant says that the site needs to be fenced off to prevent children and livestock gaining access to sheer cliff faces.
Another family living in the vicinity says in their appeal that the area is in the Dublin mountains with a zoning objective of “H”, “to protect and enhance the outstanding natural character of the Dublin mountains area”.