Donabate Community Council have said in a statement, “Plans by developers to build 1,000 apartments in the village of Donabate have been described by the area’s community council as a declaration of war on the residents.An application has been made directly to An Bord Pleanála by developers Cannon Kirk to build 1,368 housing units at the Corbillis East site in Donabate. This site goes from the rear of Smyth’s pub down to the ecologically sensitive Broadmeadow Estuary.The Strategic Housing Development application to the planning board describes the application as one that consists of 353 houses and 1,015 apartments, three childcare facilities and associated site works.A Strategic Housing Development application is a means of fast-tracking planning permission without the need to apply to the local authority.Aledo Limited, which is part of house builder group Cannon Kirk, has submitted the application.The lands concerned, which run down to the estuary, were controversially zoned for housing a decade and a half ago.According to recent media coverage, the application consists of 600 conventional-style apartments, and 352 duplex units.These duplexes are understood to be three-storey units with two dwellings in each.However, An Bord Pleanála on its website combines the apartments and duplexes and describes the application as consisting of “1,015 no. apartments”.Donabate Portrane Community Council said: “The plans for so many apartments and duplexes are totally inappropriate given the village setting. “The application amounts to a declaration of war against the community.” Even 600 apartments, leaving aside the duplexes, is far too many for a village that continues to suffer from chronic infrastructural deficits.There is no garda station, a congested rail service (before the pandemic struck), inadequate retail options, few community facilities and a bypass that was built at half the capacity of the planning permission granted for it, the community council said.
The application, if it succeeds, could mean an additional 3,000 people living in an area straining to cope with its existing population levels, the spokesperson said .