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Press Release 6th April 2016

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Thornwood Estate

Press Release

Beaumont Residents Association to pursue both planning and legal advice

Beaumont Residents Association held a Special General Meeting last night, 5th April 2016, to discuss the recent acquisition of a site by Túath Housing Association to provide 68 houses solely for social housing.

Beaumont Residents Association held a Special General Meeting in Beaumont last night to discuss the particulars of the Thornwood housing development. The meeting was attended by hundreds of local residents, several local councillors and Deputy Róisín Shortall. Dublin City Council and Túath Housing Association both declined their invitations.

Beaumont residents stressed that they are not against social housing in any way. At the meeting, it was also evident that residents have no issue with Túath Housing Association but are dismayed by the distinct lack of consultation from city officials on this matter. It is fully recognised that there is a serious housing crisis, but the proper planning and sustainable development of the area is paramount. The residents would welcome a percentage of this development being made available to the private market to ensure that social housing is successfully integrated within the community.

Downey Planning, as planning experts, have questioned the interpretation of Part V of the Planning and Development Act, 2000 (as amended) in this case to provide an exclusive social housing development, when the core principle of Part V is “to counteract undue segregation in housing between persons in different social backgrounds”.

The outcome of the meeting was such that Beaumont Residents Association is now seeking both planning and legal advice on this matter. Beaumont Residents Association has retained Downey Planning, to investigate the various mechanisms of the Planning and Development Act, 2000 (as amended) in the context of this matter, with the opinion of a Senior Counsel now also being sought. No further comment will be made at this time.

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