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A judicial review challenge was taken plans to develop apartments on lands at St Michael’s Hospital
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File photograph: Google Street View By Ellen O'Riordan Mon Jun 27 2022 - 17:11 An Bord Pleanála will concede in a legal challenge against its permission for 102 build-to-rent apartments in Dún Laoghaire, the High Court has heard.Mr Justice David Holland was told on Monday that the planning board has indicated in correspondence between the parties that it will consent to an order quashing its fast-track approval for the strategic housing development (SHD) on lands at St Michael’s Hospital, Crofton Road.While security queues were not lengthy the airport operator said passengers had faced delays queuing at check-in desks and when dropping off bags.Eamon Galligan SC, for the developer and notice party to the proceedings, Noel Smyth’s Fitzwilliam DL Limited, said the matter required a short adjournment for the parties to discuss whether or not the planning application would be remitted for fresh consideration by An Bord Pleanála.But weather conditions got even worse and the US couple found themselves stranded ten miles south-west of Castletownbere.The board’s decision was challenged by Crofton Buildings Management, manager of the Harbour View apartment development next to the proposed development site, and Monkstown resident Stephanie Bourke, of Carrickbrennan Road, Monkstown.“Staffing challenges facing airlines, ground handling companies, and third-party contractors across check-in, baggage handling, retail and cleaning services, are impacting customer experience, something DAA is working hard to address in collaboration with our aviation partners,” he said.Their counsel, Stephen Dodd SC, said they were consenting to the matter being put back.It adds something that I never had in my career.
Mr Justice Holland adjourned the case for two weeks.On Saturday Dublin Airport said passenger queues moved through security channels without incident.READ MORE: The two Americans were said to be "delighted" to be safe on dry land and were treated to refreshments by their rescuers.The judicial review challenge concerned the board’s decision in April 2021 to approve Fitzwilliams’s proposed development, which involved the demolition of a vacant two-story building and construction of 102 apartments and two retail units, private amenity space and a cafe.Crofton Buildings Management and Ms Bourke claimed the board acted beyond its powers and/or in breach of certain requirements of section 9.“I think what we have learned over the last few weeks is that we need contingencies in our system which we have given ourselves.6 of the 2016 Act on SHDs, which allows permission to be granted for a development even if it materially contravenes a local development or area plan.At 5:30pm on Saturday evening, the Irish Coast Guard’s Marine Research Coordination Centre in Valentia advised the yacht to change course and make for Castletownbere due to deteriorating weather conditions.It was also claimed that Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council found the proposed development was in material contravention of the county development plan for various reasons, including its height.In late May, a surge in travel combined with low staff numbers led to lengthy pre-departure queues and large numbers of missed flights.Australian qualifier Mark Hensby, who has no status on any professional tour, finished third six strokes behind Harrington.
The proposed apartment block, at 51.475m high, would be higher than the tower of the County Hall, clearly breaching the development plan, while the second block would be 37m high, it was further alleged.Processing times through security gates were, in the main, kept below 30 minutes since the busy early morning wave of departures.m.The board also erred in considering Dún Laoghaire’s “unique” skyline was not protected.Latest Stories.Marquees erected in the event of serious pressure have remained largely unused, save for a handful of half-hour periods, the authority has said.
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