Saturday 13 February 2021

Planning issue set to delay Cairn Homes' Montrose plans

An Bord Pleanala is expected to consent next month to a High Court order quashing permission for 614 residential units on former RTE lands. Cairn Homes had been granted full planning permission by An Bord Pleanála last September to develop the 8.7 acre site at Montrose in Dublin 4. The company had planned to build 611 apartments, as well as town houses, a new public park, a childcare facility, cafes, and leisure facilities on the site. Three residents living close to the proposed development on Ailesbury Road residents had brought proceedings challenging the permission for the development close to their homes. They have also challenged the constititutionality of provisions of the Strategic Housing Act (SHA) providing for the fast-tracking of large housing developments. Arising from a development in the case and correspondence between lawyers for the applicants and the Board, a hearing date fixed later this year for the challenge was vacated on Thursday by Mr Justice Richard Humphreys.On consent of the sides, the judge adjourned the matter for mention only on February 8th when the court will address the consequences of expected concessions from the Board.

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