SHD0023/19 Lands East of St. Paul’s College, Sybil Hill Road, Raheny, Dublin 5

The Chief Executive of Dublin City Council’s submission to An Bord Pleanála in respect of the SHD planning application for St. Paul’s College states the following;-

“..there are significant outstanding biodiversity issues as outlined in the Parks and Landscape Services report (5th December 2019) which warrant a recommendation to refuse permission.

The proposed development is not considered to be consistent with the Dublin City Development Plan 2016-2022 and with the proper planning and sustainable development of an area. The Planning Authority submits this report to An Bord Pleanála in accordance with the requirement of Section 8(5)(a) of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 and recommends that An Bord Pleanála refuse permission for the proposed development for the reasons and considerations outlined below.

Reasons and Considerations
The submitted Natura Impact Statement has not demonstrated that the evidence given supports the assertion that no impact arises to the populations of protected Brent goose, black-tailed godwit or curlew of Dublin Bay. Furthermore, any assessment of the impacts of the proposed development on the site integrity of the Natura 2000 sites in Dublin Bay under the EU Birds and Habitats Directive cannot be made in the absence of data and the precautionary principle applies. It is considered that the proposed development would, therefore, materially contravene a development objective G123 indicated in the Dublin City Development Plan 2016-2022 for the protection of European sites, and would be contrary to the proper planing and sustainable development of the area.”

The above is an excerpt taken from Dublin City Council’s Chief Executive’s report submitted to An Bord Pleanála. If you would like a copy of his entire report please email me at and I will send you same.