Monday 19 September 2011

Local residents worry about size of National Children’s Hospital

DUBLIN POLITICIANS HAVE raised their concerns about some aspects of the proposed National Children’s Hospital on Eccles Street in the city.

Although they welcome the development of the hospital at the Mater site, Councillor Ray McAdam and Dublin Central TD Pascal Donoghue have submitted their concerns to An Bord Pleanála.

Speaking to, Cllr. McAdam said there are a number of planning issues that need to be addressed, including those around traffic management and conformity with the area’s existing plans.

He is hopeful that an oral hearing – which is not legally required – will take place ahead of the granting of planning permission.

“The sheer scale and density of the project has certainly taken local residents by surprise,” he said.

The Irish Times reports today that the Blend Local Residents’ Association has also made a submission to An Bord Pleanála, in which it objects to the “shocking” and “overwhelming” size of the proposed 16-storey building.

Included in the planning application were some photo-montages of what the building will look like and how it will impact the environment.

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