Residents issues with Thornhill development

Thornhill House development on DLR Planning website. Documents and submissions.     

Full details of the planned development and the appeal are available on the DLR website. See link above.                         

  1. Bungalows being overlooked by a block of four storey apartments only 30 meters away. This will seriously compromise privacy and result in overlooking and shading for a significant period each day. A reduction of the height to two stories would significantly reduce the impact both on Cherrygarth and on the protected structure – Thornhill House.
  1. The proposed plan is unsustainable when taken in conjunction with the Oatlands development located less than 50 meters away which has planning permission to build over sixty residences. The cumulative impact of an additional 100 plus residences in such a small area is unsustainable. This will radically change the character of the area and negatively impact on the existing residents.
  2. Traffic exiting on to Trees Road will quadruple and will find it very difficult if not impossible to exit on to Trees Road and will cause even longer delays on that road than is currently the case. This junction is already dangerous due to inadequate line of sight for exiting traffic. The knock-on effect will impact on the already overcrowded South Avenue, North Avenue and The Rise.
  1. The entrances to the proposed new development and the Oatlands development – D16A/0465 – are almost opposite each other. This is dangerous from a traffic flow standpoint due to the narrow nature of the roads.
  2. Inadequate visitor parking provision for both developments will certainly result in excessive parking on existing narrow roadways.
  3. Bungalows being overlooked by a block of four storey apartments only 30 meters away. This will seriously compromise privacy and result in overlooking and shading for a significant period each day. A reduction of the height to two stories would significantly reduce the impact both on Cherrygarth and on the protected structure – Thornhill House.
  4. The density of 50 units per hectare is grossly excessive for this cull-de sac. When combined with the Oatlands development the cumulative impact will be unsustainable.
  5. Access for emergency services to Cherrygarth and to each of the proposed developments Oatlands and Thornhill will be severely restricted due to traffic volume and road layout.
  6. The setting of Thornhill House, a protected structure will be eroded, and this proposal will seriously impact on this 18thCentury house, which is a unique example of the architecture of the period because of the density and height of the development in the grounds within the curtilage of the house. In the event of permission being granted for either this or a modified proposal I urge you to preserve the existing walls which form a fundamental part of the curtilage of this structure.
  7. This application is proposing a foul water drain through lower Cherrygarth. The proposed drainage layout for the Oatlands development necessitates excavating a trench, up to 5 meters deep right through Cherrygarth. Thornhill is also proposing to run a foul water drain along the same route as Oatlands. This could involve the same road being excavated on two separate occasions within a relatively short timeframe.

Residents of Mount Merrion and surrounding areas are asked to make their views known to An Bord Pleanala by the closing date which is 10th December. For help with formulating a submission you can contact this website.

 

Talk January 4th: Irish Mountaineering from the Eiger to Everest

Irish Mountaineering from the Eiger to Everest is the subject of the January 2018 Talk hosted by Mount Merrion Historical Society. Declan O’Keeffe, active mountaineer for more than thirty years and experienced Alpinist will be the speaker. Come along 8.00pm to Mount Merrion Community Centre. All Welcome.

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Community Garda Update

Residents are reminded that vehicles should be locked at all times including driveways and valuables not left in them. read more

Historical Memorabilia Evening – this Thursday

This talk will be different. A handful of ordinary people will talk for a few minutes on a subject of rare and in some cases personal interest. Topics include Rare Irish coins, 1930s Cartoons, 1920s memorabilia from Cork, Leaders of the UN in the 1970’s, Irish Genealogical Society…Do come along. See you at 8pm in Mount Merrion Community Centre.

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Mount Merrion is a suburban estate in South County Dublin developed on lands once the seat of the Viscounts Fitwilliam. Centred around the Deerpark, a public park first landscaped by the 5th Viscount, and the remains of the house he built there in 1711, Mount Merrion today is generally considered to be bounded to the North by The UCD campus at Belfield, to the East by the N11 and Booterstown and Blackrock, to the South by Stillorgan and  Kilmacud, and to the West by Goatstown and Clonskeagh.

The Mount Merrion Residents Association, founded in 1935, is the oldest residents’ association in continuous existence in Ireland. It represents the following roads:

  • Callary Road
  • Cedarmount Road
  • Cherry Garth
  • Chestnut Road
  • Clonmore Road
  • The Close
  • Cypress Road
  • Deerpark Road
  • Fosters Avenue
  • The Fosters
  • Glenabbey Road
  • Greenfield Road
  • Greygates
  • Iris Grove
  • Lower Kilmacud Road
  • Mather Road North
  • Mather Road South
  • Mount Anville Road
  • North Avenue
  • Owenstown Park
  • Redesdale Crescent
  • Redesdale Road
  • The Rise
  • Roebuck Ave
  • St Thomas Road
  • St Thomas Mead
  • South Avenue
  • Sycamore Road
  • Sycamore Cresent
  • Sycamore Avenue
  • Thornhill Road
  • Trees Avenue
  • Trees Road Lower
  • Trees Road Upper
  • Wilson Crescent
  • Wilson Road

At its peak, Mount Merrion rises to 82m (269ft) above sea level.