A local councillor has raised concerns about the plans to redevelop Finches Pub in North Clondalkin. The owner submitted a planning application on the 4th August outlining the plan to demolish the existing pub and off licence building and replace it with a new block containing a new smaller pub and 29 apartments. The public consultation closed on the 7th September and a decision will be due by the 28th September.
Cllr Madeleine Johansson (People Before Profit) commented: “I would be concerned about the design of the proposed building with apartments located directly above the pub. There could be issues of noise disturbance and there’s also a question of the suitability of having families with young children living above a pub.
“I would also be concerned about some design aspects such as the location of balconies and private open space along the busy junction of Neilstown Rd and Collinstown Rd. This wouldn’t provide adequate privacy for residents. Also, the entrance to the apartments is located very close to the entrance of the pub, which could pose a safety risk to residents particularly at night.
I have made a submission to the council outlining these issues and I hope that the planners will take them into account when making a decision.”