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To: Planning Dept SDCC and Sirio Homes

Respect Tallaght Village - No to 8 storeys. SDA/0250

We want Sirio Homes to withdraw their application for 43 Apts, Austere in design and rising to 8 storeys height (SD20A/0250).

It does not enhance a heritage village, or show design recognition of the TJ Burns terraces or medieval stone walls Of The Priory or the village streetscape.

If this is not withdrawn, we believe this application needs to be rejected by SDCC planning Dept because:

The current application (SD20A/0250) lodged for the Esso site, by Sirio Homes, is for 43 apartments, including 4 x studios.

There is only 1 x 3-bedroom apartment and 3 x 3-bed “units” – 9.3 % of the development, far short of the 30% required in the Tallaght LAP.

1. The current application (SD20A/0250) lodged for the Esso site, by Sirio Homes, is for 43 apartments, including 4 x studios.

There is only 1 x 3-bedroom apartment and 3 x 3-bed “units” – 9.3 % of the development, far short of the 30% required in the Tallaght LAP.

2. Does not promote the creation of a sustainable community in the village. It is all build-to-rent – so no opportunity for local people to sell large homes and downsize through purchasing.

3. The Design falls far short of what is required to enhance the village streetscape. Crudely rendered Austere exterior cladding, projecting balconies and orange / yellow balcony features are diametrically oppose to the surrounding streetscape design of a village.

4. Scale - 8 storeys dwarfs all buildings around this site - in particular the bungalows to the immediate west and south of this site.

This development shows no respect for its impact on the existing residents in terms of natural light, shadowing, overlooking or visual Impact.

5. ACA - this site is a pivotal site on the Main st and sits on the curtilege of the ACA area. The proposed design shows no trace of a design that seeks to reflect that in its choice of materials, shape, design and scale.

6. It proposes to use a public garden by the dancers to locate some of its bike parking instead of using space on their property to discharge their responsibilities for adequate parking for the development.

7. Retail Mix at ground level - demand / sustainability

What consideration has been given to the vacancy rate of neighbourhood ground floor units in New Bancroft of a cafe / restaurant and the recent Change of Use by iRes to change much of the ground floor in Priors Gate from retail to residential due to lack of demand for these units since 2007/8.

With the changes from Covid 19 on high street retail - this aspect of this development seems overly speculative as opposed to being based on demand.

What regenerating impact will more vacant street level retail units have on the Main St village area ?

Why is this important?

Tallaght village existed back before 800 when the Ceilí Dé established monasteries here.

Since the hamlet grew into a bigger village and is now part of a town in 2020.

The village area is small ( Main St, Main Rd, Old Blessington Rd, Old Greenhills are), and traditional in design and scale. The taller apartments are mostly limited to the edges and closer towards The Square.

We want to retain the traditional scale and streetscape in the village. A bulky, overly modern 8 storey block does not enhance a village !

We want all development in the small village area to respect the existing streetscape not parachute in a jarring style and size.

This site is the Alamo for the village. No high rise Apartments are welcome in our village. Show respect to this small corner of a growing town.

Make your opposition know by supporting this petition please. !!

Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland

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