Planning sought for massive development on Union Cafe site.

An application under Reference  Number D16A/0370 was lodged with Dun Laoighre Rathdown County Council yesterday 24th May. The details of the application as it appears on DLR website is as follows: Permission for the demolition of the existing four storey building containing the pub and café/restaurant and the construction of a four to five storey mixed use building of 15,800 sqm gross floor space, over a one to three level basement (from Deerpark Road datum). The building will have parking for retail customers (113 cars) at Level -3, 1 retail unit (1,300 sqm) 1 service yard and ancillary facilities, 1 gymnasium (350 sqm) and 1 café (265 sqm) at Level -2, 3 further retail units (totalling 450 sqm), car parking for residents (72 cars, 46 bicycle spaces) and an open public terrace at Level -1, 1 restaurant (410 sqm), 1 pub (200 sqm) and two courtyards with a play area at Level 0 (1,040 sqm). A roof garden is to be located at level +3 (200 sqm). 46 residential dwelling units (3 one bed, 34 two bed and 9 three bed units) located across Levels 0 to 4, amenity spaces for residents located across Levels 0 to 4 and ancillary site works to include boundary treatment and landscaping. Various plant provisions are located throughout the building. 38 non-resident bicycle spaces will also be provided on site. Vehicular and pedestrian access Deerpark Road, North Avenue and Wilson Road. Comment: MMRA will shortly issue an evaluation of the impact of this development on Mount Merrion. Our initial reaction is that this is almost identical to the plans shown to the local community earlier...

Kate Canning new President of MMRA

Kate Canning has lived in Mount Merrion since 1986.She is a Speech and Drama teacher who specialises in Public Speaking. For many years she ran a small Drama school in Mount Merrion Community Centre putting hundreds of students forward for Examinations. Most of her past students now work in the world of business, law and medicine.   In 2008 Kate was invited to join MMRA as secretary, a post she held until the recent AGM when she was asked to take on role of President. Kate says that she loves living in Mount Merrion and is committed to trying to maintain its unique living environment and sense of...

Scouts make 200-300 hundred year investment in Mount Merrion

On Friday 20th May the 25th Dublin scouts who meet in St Thomas’s hall planted an oak tree in Deerpark. They earned the tree from recycling batteries and the planting was facilitated and supervised by MMRA Environmental leader Clare Kelly. Clare who recently joined the MMRA Ececutive committee has initiated many  outstanding   environmental projects around Mount...

Planning application for Union Cafe lodged

Tomose Limited, the company which owns the Union Cafe has just lodged their anticipated planning application. The statutory notice notifying the public of its application was posted on the site on Friday 20th May. From the scant details available it looks like the proposal differs little from what was on public display in March of this year. That proposal generated   widespread concern about the environmental, traffic  and other serious impacts which the development will almost certainly have on Mount Merrion generally and particularly on Deerpark and Wilson Roads. The MMRA will shortly be meeting with its advisors  and local political representatives to consider the proposed development and what avenues are open to both the Association and individual...