An Bord Pleanála has refused permission for a major redevelopment of a site adjacent to the former Irish Glass Bottle factory in Ringsend, Dublin, citing concerns that it would be “premature” due to existing infrastructural problems. In a move welcomed by local resident groups, the board’s ruling says the proposed multimillion euro development of the 4.9 hectare site at South Bank Road, Ringsend, which would include 783 apartments, would be “contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area”. Although it found that the site was “generally suitable” for development of the kind proposed by Fabrizia Developments, it noted a number of concerns. These included deficiencies in the capacity of the local road network, insufficient public transport and “uncertainties in the funding, design and implementation of the proposed Dodder bridge, approach routes and connections to the site”.
The Irish Times