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 Road.