Dublin City Council,
27th November 2018.
To whom it may concern;
I write to offer my observations on the planning application submitted by the Health Services Executive (HSE) with regards the former Health Centre located at the junction of Coleraine Street and Lisburn Street as contained in 4238/18.
As having organised a Planning Information meeting for residents whose homes back into and are located next to the site at the heart of this planning application, I am conscious of the main concerns that householders have about the application. Firstly, residents are worried about the locating of another service within the Dublin 7 area. I share these concerns generally but with regards to this planning application, I recognise that permission is being sought for the refurbishment of an existing health facility which will continue to be used for health related purposes.
The second area of concern relates to the height of the proposed roof on the refurbished ground floor area to the rear. Chapter 126.96.36.199 of the Dublin City Development Plan 2016 – 2022 sets out the parameters upon which planning applications involving the alteration of or the extension to an existing building. In particular, it requires application to be “sensitively designed and detailed to respect the character….of adjoining” buildings. Indeed, the City Development Plan further states that these applications should not adversely affect neighbouring properties. With these objectives of the Development Plan in mind and following the Planning information meeting I organised for residents with City Council officials, I recommend that any planning permission granted by Dublin City Council in respect of the proposal lodged by the Health Services Executive should contain that requires only flat roofs to be built on the refurbished ground floor facilities to be provided.
I believe the Planning Department of Dublin City Council must ensure that the priorities or requirements set out in its own Development Plan are honoured so that the existing residents in the Markets area are not adversely or negatively impacted by this development.
City Councillor – North Inner City
Fine Gael Leader, Dublin City Council