An Bord Pleanála was entitled to turn down a development in Dún Laoghaire as it would mean the loss of parking spaces for the local hospital, the High Court has ruled.
Wexele, Sandyford, Dublin, lost its challenge yesterday to a board decision of July 14th, 2008, refusing permission for 80 apartments and two retail units at a site on Crofton Road which was used as a car park for St Michael’s hospital by staff and patients. Wexele bought the three-quarter acre site from the hospital, along with a former nurses’ residence, in December 2006.
Mr Justice Peter Charleton ruled that 110 parking spaces which would be lost to the hospital were essential for its operation. He said any development of the site should accommodate the hospital “based on a common-sense approach and a planning policy one”.