13th September 2018
An Bord Pleanala have 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.
The link below is for submission made by Raheny Heritage Society to the Planning Department at Dublin City Council on Planning Application 3777/17 for St. Paul’s Playing Fields at St. Anne’s Park. It’s a very thorough and well researched document and worth a read if you are interested in the bigger picture here.
Minister Eoghan Murphy signs off new regulations relating to ‘fast track’ planning. It seems likely that the builder at St. Paul’s will seek to lodge his new planning application directly to an Bord Pleanála using this new, temporary legislation.
Interesting video on the Brent geese, who feed on the St. Paul’s playing fields.
St. Anne’s park and most especially the area of St. Paul’s playing fields, provide feeding grounds for many species of birds including the Curlew. Curlews can be observed on the playing fields daily and these observations were recorded by several people who submitted objections to the proposed building on this site. Loss of the open fields of St. Paul’s would be yet another blow to the small numbers of surviving breeding pairs, another ‘knock on’ effect that will be felt across the park and the UNESCO designated, Dublin Bay Biosphere. This article from the Irish Independent 13/11/16 outlines the precarious situation of this once abundant species. http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/task-force-warns-that-curlew-is-set-to-vanish-35210697.html
If you would like to read some of the objections lodged to the Request for Further Information, they are currently available here: http://www.dublincity.ie/AniteIM.WebSearch/Results.aspx Alternatively, you might like to view a sample of some of the more interesting ones, using these links:
Objection – Flooding in St. Anne’s 00583742-m-j-cronin-objection
Observations – Department of Arts Heritage Gaeltacht 00583750-dept-arts-heritage-gaeltacht-observation
Objection – Trees in St. Anne’s 00584117-eoin-oleary-objection
Objection – Re Planning Process 00584736-peter-smyth-objection
Objection – Birds and Wildlife in St. Annes f-oconnor-objection