Charlestown apartment block proposal slammed as ‘unfair to residents’

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An proposed apartment block in Finglas would be “unfair to the residents” as the area already lacks vital facilities, a local TD has claimed.

The construction of 590 apartments, a creche and associated site works have been proposed for Charlestown Place, St. Margaret’s Road, Charlestown.

Local TD Dessie Ellis told Dublin Live it was “disgraceful” that so many apartments are being proposed for an area that does not have necessary facilities to cater for the 10,000 people living there.

He said: “When Charlestown was being built I was very vocal, there’s no schools or community centres and there were no parks at that time.

“We’re hopeful that there’ll be news of a community centre in July, but we don’t have a school in the whole area which is mad when you take into account that there’s over 10,000 people here.

“In regards to playgrounds, there’s a lack of them and community facilities.

“It’s something that I will be raising again with Fingal because they get levies from Charlestown, from the shopping centre, from housing and apartments.

“These should be put into the local area and facilities, but it’s not how Fingal operates and to me, it’s totally against proper planning.”

The Sinn Fein TD described the current planning process as “undemocratic”.

He said: “My worry is we’re using strategic planning guidelines where there’s 100 or more units, it doesn’t go to the local authority for decision, it doesn’t go to Fingal, it goes directly to An Bord Pleanála.



Sinn Fein TD Dessie Ellis

“That’s something I’d oppose – taking the democratic right from people to appeal things to the local authority.

“That was extended by the present government until February 2022 which is undemocratic in my opinion and we voted against it.

“The amount of units, and going down this course, I don’t think it’s fair on residents that they don’t have an opportunity to object.

“If you appeal to Bord Pleanála, you’d have to go to a judicial review which is very costly.”

Meanwhile, community representative Robbie Loughlin believes that the decision of building the apartments will negatively impact the lives of the residents in the area.

He explained: “This is putting money before people, it’s not acceptable. This is a short term solution that’s going to cause a long term problem.

“About 300 of these 590 apartments will be single bedroom units, they’ll be in four blocks and six to ten stories.

“There’s other sites like the Jamestown Road Industrial Estate and there’s another site there and they’re looking to build 2,800 apartments on those sites. Not houses, apartments, it’s not favourable for the area.

“There’s no community centre, no proper park, nothing. There’s no facilities for people here.”

Mr Loughlin told Dublin Live that he’s not against housing, but that he’s against the overproduction of apartments in an area that has no facilities for residents.

He said: “We’re not against housing at all, but we are pro-sustainable housing.

“They need to look at the area first, we have no services or facilities, and now we’ve this on top.

“It’s not functionable to live there, a ten story apartment block with half of them single bedrooms. Enough is enough, these decisions will affect our lives.

“The people who will move in there will have no facilities because the people who live there already don’t have any.

“There’s a rush to build houses, and it’s madness. There’s no school here or community centre, the park is an embarrassment – it has six and a half benches.”

The plans for the apartments can be viewed here.

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