A High Court challenge has been brought over An Bord Pleanála’s permission for a 278 residential development in north Co Dublin.
The action concerns the board’s decision last February to allow developer MKN Property Group build four apartment blocks and associated works at lands at Fosterstown North and Cremona Forest Road in Swords.
The challenge is by three local residents, Kevin O’Reilly, Carolyn Watkins and Michael Biggins who say they are not opposed to development on the site but this permission represents an over-development.
The applicants, represented by John Kenny BL and solicitor Fred Logue, say the board’s decision is flawed and should be quashed on grounds including that pre-application consultations, involving the developer, the council and the board, provided for under law are not compatible with an EU directive on Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs), fair procedures and natural justice.
They claim the consultation process is closed,