Residents issues with Thornhill development

Thornhill House development on DLR Planning website. Documents and submissions.      Full details of the planned development and the appeal are available on the DLR website. See link above.                          Bungalows being overlooked by a block of four storey apartments only 30 meters away. This will seriously compromise privacy and result in overlooking and shading for a significant period each day. A reduction of the height to two stories would significantly reduce the impact both on Cherrygarth and on the protected structure – Thornhill House. The proposed plan is unsustainable when taken in conjunction with the Oatlands development located less than 50 meters away which has planning permission to build over sixty residences. The cumulative impact of an additional 100 plus residences in such a small area is unsustainable. This will radically change the character of the area and negatively impact on the existing residents. Traffic exiting on to Trees Road will quadruple and will find it very difficult if not impossible to exit on to Trees Road and will cause even longer delays on that road than is currently the case. This junction is already dangerous due to inadequate line of sight for exiting traffic. The knock-on effect will impact on the already overcrowded South Avenue, North Avenue and The Rise. The entrances to the proposed new development and the Oatlands development – D16A/0465 – are almost opposite each other. This is dangerous from a traffic flow standpoint due to the narrow nature of the roads. Inadequate visitor parking provision for both developments will certainly result...

Don’t be a victim of scammers!

We have just had a report of a lady in Mount Merrion who this morning recieved a call from a UK telephone number purporting to be from her bank to inform her that a large sum of money had been transferred from her account without authorisation. The caller speaking with an asian accent then sought personal details to enable her to cancel the lady’s cards etc? This was designed to get details of her bank and credit cards. This is a new approach so NEVER giver personal or financial account information to anyone calling...

NOEL KENNEDY – AN APPRECIATION

MMRA learned with regret of the death at the age of 87 of its former Vice-President Noel Kennedy, a resident of Foster Avenue since 1983. Although born in Kildare, he always considered himself a Galway man. Noel joined CIE straight from school, rose steadily up the ranks and finished his distinguished career as CEO of the CIE Group. He was responsible for the delivery of the DART and the introduction of the national school bus service. His business expertise was evident in his work as a member of the MMRA committee for more than 20 years. Initially involved through the halting site issue.  he threw himself wholeheartedly into the activities of the association  His interests included traffic and planning and he was a rock during the controversy about road closures which threatened to destroy the association. Noel was also passionate in the protection and preservation of the UCD woodlands beside his home. Noel was a man of innate dignity and courtesy. He had high principles to which he adhered. He was a leader who, above all, valued loyalty. He held strong views which he wasn’t afraid to express He could appear placid and genial but here was steel underneath. He had an avid interest in politics, national events and sport especially Gaelic games. Noel was a family man, a pater familias, who supported his children and grand-children in every way and who rejoiced in becoming a great-grandfather. Above all was his devotion to Jo, to whom he was married for more than 60 years. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam...

Thornhill House Development will destroy the character of Cherrygarth

The proposed development  is for 47 dwellings comprising 33 apartments including three 1-bed, twenty-four 2-bed and six 3-bed apartments. Fourteen houses including one 5-bed 3-storey semi-detached house, three 4-bed 2-storey semi-detached houses, two 4-bed 3-storeys semi-detached houses and eight  5 bed 3-storey terraced houses. Vehicular and pedestrian access to and from Cherrygarth is via the existing access and via a proposed vehicular access on the southern boundary. Two pedestrian accesses are provided. Impact on Cherrygarth. The proposed plan is unsustainable when taken in conjunction with the Oatlands development, located less than 50 meters away which is seeking planning permission to build over sixty residences. This will radically change the character of the area and negatively impact on the existing residents and services in the whole of Mount Merrion. Four stories in an area of predominantly bungalows is too high and will seriously impact on light and will overshadow some houses in Cherrygarth. The density at 50 units per hectare is just off scale for this area. When combined with the Oatlands development the cumulative impact will be enormous. Security and privacy of existing residents will be compromised. Inadequate parking provision for both developments will certainly will result in parking on existing narrow roadways. Traffic exiting on to Trees Road will quadruple existing volumes and result in even greater traffic delays on Trees Road than is currently the case. This junction is already dangerous due to inadequate line of sight for exiting traffic. Access for emergency services to Cherrygarth and to each of the proposed developments Oatlands and Thornhill will be restricted due to traffic volume and road layout. There...

Further planning assault on Cherrygarth

People living in Cherrygarth have just woken up to the news of a proposed planning application to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council for 47 residences on the grounds of Thornhill House in Cherrygarth. The proposal involves a 3 to 4 story apartment block comprising 37 apartments and 14 three storey semi-detached or terraced houses. The is the former home of Hotelier and builder PV Doyle and is currently owned by his son David Doyle. Thornhill House a Georgian house on 1.39 hectares and originally owned by Henry Darley, Brewer of Brewery Road in the mid 1800’s and by the Talbot Powers (Irish Distillers) in the early 1900’s. The site has several very old mature trees and is surrounded on three sides by a 300-year-old wall. As yet there is no indication of plans for this historic building which we understand is a preserved structure. This site is adjacent to the Oatlands site which is the subject of a planning appeal to An Bord Planeala. New Generation Homes are seeking permission to construct over 60 residences on this site and that application is being opposed by MMRA and around 60 residents. If both application succeed it will result in quadrupling the current traffic exiting from Cherrygarth on to Trees Road and this junction is already a traffic hazard at peak times. Mount Merrion is being repeatedly targeted by developers in the last year. The knock-on effects on amenities including water, sewerage and traffic and schools will affect all residents in the greater Mount Merrion area and will have a devastating impact on residents in Cherrygarth and Trees...