An artists impression of the apartments
The 135 apartment complex proposed for Mill Street, Maynooth has been refused permission by An Bord Pleanála.
Ladas Property Company Unlimited Company (as part of The Comer Group) wanted to build the apartments in three blocks ranging from three to four and fine stories to the rear of the site, which is beside St Mary's Catholic Church.
Kildare North Labour General Election Candidate Emmet Stagg welcomed the decision.
In his submission on the proposed development Mr. Stagg had sought amendments to the design of the proposal to incorporate pitched roofs, use of cut stone finish and use of Stone Quoins on the edges of the buildings, to reflect the existing historic character of Maynooth Town Centre.
The Bord, stated Mr. Stagg, in refusing planning permission decided that the proposed development by reason of its design, scale and bulk, in close proximity to St. Mary's Church, which is a protected structure, would materially and detrimentally affect the setting of the protected structure and would diminish the level of light reaching the stained glass windows on the eastern and southern elevations of the church.
The Bord also refused permission because the proposal would detract from the character and amenities of the Town of Maynooth, and in particular from the amenities of the lands along the Lyreen River and the Open Space at Pound Lane; because the proposed development would not provide adequate pedestrian and cyclist permeability; because the proposed development would have a significant negative impact on traffic flows on Mill Street; because the proposed development failed to provide an acceptable standard of amenity for future occupants; and finally the Bord were not satisfied by the evidence submitted that the proposed development would not pose an increased risk to third party properties and lands arising from the loss of floodplain storage.
Mr Stagg stated the developers would now have to go back to the drawing board in relation to proposals for the site.