Snowtopia Planning Application Turned Down

Saturday, February 28, 2009

The Snowtopia planning application has been turned down by the planners. The objectors were IDA Ireland, Bristol Myers Squibb and UCI Cinemas. The reasons given were firstly, that the land was zoned ST1, for use by Science & Technology based companies (this despite the council stating previously that there are sufficient ST1 lands in the area). Secondly, that the inclusion of cinemas in the project would have an ‘adverse material impact on existing cinema use in the Blanchardstown Centre’ (i.e. competition). Thirdly, by ‘having regard to its location in an area poorly served by public transport provision...’ quite a statement from a local authority that approved over 3,000 houses in the area. One of the reasons many supported the project was for the improved transport infrastructure it would bring. Read the full decision here

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