On September 11th 2018, An Bord Pleanala REFUSED permission for the proposed development on the St. Paul’s playing fields in St. Anne’s. Earlier this year, three parties sought a Judicial Review of An Bord Pleanala’s initial decision to grant permission. In July, that decision to grant was quashed in the High Court and remitted back to An Bord Pleanala. The Bord’s new decision can be read here https://tinyurl.com/ABP-decision
It should be remembered that An Bord Pleanala have refused permission in this instance because it was brought to their attention in Judicial Review proceedings, that they were legally precluded from granting.
This is a huge victory for St. Anne’s and helps to secure its future as Dublin City Council’s most important public park. We now need to make sure that St. Anne’s is protected into the future. To this end, we will be campaigning to have the Special Protection Area extended from North Bull Island all the way across St. Anne’s. In the mean time, we need the current landowner of St. Paul’s playing fields to cut and maintain the grass at St. Paul’s for the return of the Brent Geese in November.

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