The sale of 16.5 hectares of land on Dublin’s northside in 2015 has led to one of the most hotly-contested planning disputes the city has ever seen. The former Vincentian plot at St Paul’s College, Artane, was sold to Marlet Property Group. But plans to build on it sparked immediate controversy as it borders St Anne’s Park, the so-called “lungs of the northside”. We look back at the numerous attempts to build apartments at the location and examine the issues involved in the dispute. Crekav Trading GP, a subsidiary of Marlet Property Group, purchased the ground in 2015. Two years later, the sports pitches were closed off and the owners stopped cutting the grass. In 2018, planning permission was granted by An Bord Pleanála for 536 apartments. This was subsequently blocked by the courts after a case taken by residents. By 2020, planning permission was again granted, this time for 657 apartments. The courts also blocked this attempt.
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