THE decision by An Bord Pleanala to grant permission for a huge development on the grounds of the old Dun Laoghaire Golf Club was described as a "devastating blow" last night.
The proposed development by Cosgrave Developments of 856 apartments and houses along with shops, offices, roads and a creche, drew objections from almost 450 local people.
The golf club, which is spread over a 78-acre site right in the heart of affluent Dun Laoghaire, was bought by Cosgrave Developments in a deal that included the relocation of the club to Ballyman near Enniskerry.
The club walked away with a reported €20m to relocate. And that included a new clubhouse and a 27-hole course. But last night, as news of the Bord's decision spread through the area, residents were furious.
Green Party Councillor Gene Feighery, admitted: "In terms of stopping it the battle is over. It is a devastating blow."
But she said it was also the start of another battle to protect the local amenities.
The councillor, who was the driving force behind the establishment of The Combined Residents to Save Open Space group, said the social and affordable housing aspect of the proposal, where 143 units would be built into one block, would be tomorrow's social problem for the area.
She argued against the plan in the past saying there was not enough open space in the development.