Planning granted for apartments on old Nemo Rangers ground

Planning granted for apartments on old Nemo Rangers ground
The old Nemo GAA grounds off the Douglas Road. Picture: Denis Scannell

Douglas residents are considering an appeal after planning permission was granted for a 200-apartment development on the former Nemo Rangers GAA ground on the South Douglas Road.

Conditional planning permission was granted this week to Dildar Ltd for a residential development of 204 units to be built on the site.

Permission has been sought for a development consisting of a mixture of houses as well as five and six story high apartment blocks.

However, residents of the Cross Douglas Road say they have serious concerns over the potential development and are considering appealing the matter to An Bord Pleanála.

“I believe this decision is out of step with the City development plan in terms of the height of some of these units,” local Councillor Terry Shannon told the Evening Echo.

The height of the proposed apartment blocks does not make sense in this location, he added.

“One lady, in particular, will now have balconies in front of her home as well as at the back of her house. Some of these planners must be out of touch. Three story units would be sufficient,” he added.

“There are no objections to the site being developed but let’s have proper planning,” a resident of the Cross Douglas Road told the Evening Echo.

“It’s a knee-jerk reaction. The development should be a housing estate, preferably affordable housing, that’s what people are looking for,” he said. A previously proposed development for the site consisted of 107 units, he added. 

Residents are also seriously concerned about increased traffic in the area.

“It will be chockablock outside my front door when children are back to school,” another resident who asked not to be named said.

“This isn’t sensible planning,” he said, adding the area has already seen increased traffic in recent months around St Finbarr's Hospital.

“No one is against a potential development, it’s a big empty field it has to be developed, but this isn't sensible planning,” he added.

“We have to wait and see if full planning is granted and then we will consider bringing it to An Bord Pleanala.” 

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