PLANNING permission for 500 homes near a popular park has been refused by An Bord Pleanala. The development of 432 apartments and 104 houses at St Paul’s College on Sybil Hill Road in Raheny, Dublin, beside St Anne’s Park was initially given the green light earlier this year. It was met with huge public outcry by residents in the area as the green area and playing pitches are used by locals, especially younger members of the community. A number of challenges were brought to the High Court. It was approved under planning legislation which allows applications to be fast tracked and go to An Bord Pleanala without any local authority consultation. In June, the High Court allowed the application to be remitted to the board, who could then make a fresh order on it.Today, they have refused the permission.
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