Category Archives: Killester

killester’s legion hall update

Legion Hall, Killester, photo courtesy Patrick Hugh Lynch M.Lit

An Bord Pleanala have now given the go ahead for developing and building on the green space in Killester.  The development involves demolishing the old Legion  Hall, known locally as the Judo Hall, and the loss of considerable green open space, and building a commercial creche.

The astonishing aspect of this planning decision is that the area is zoned amenity, we have adequate childcare in Killester, and a similar application was turned down earlier last year.  Another feature of this area is that there are established rights of way across the green space.

For full details on the planning history see planning application no 3841/10, Site at Middle Third Terrace, and Abbeyfield, Killester, Dublin 5.  This site has been the focus of much planning activity for a number of years now, residents want to keep the green space in the between Middle Third and Abbeyfield, and argue that the zoning for the area should not allow a development of this type and scale. Continue reading

Questions must be asked over Dublin City Council’s attitude to planning in Killester

Our local paper, The Northside People, covered the Legion Hall planning victory story with good quotes from all involved. The full An Bord Pleanala report is worth a read, especially regarding the planning history linked to the site and the inspectors opinion on the social, cultural and historical relevance of the Legion Hall.

Legion Hall Killester Planning Victory

Legion Hall, Killester, photo courtesy Patrick Hugh Lynch M.Lit

More great news! An Bord Pleanala have overturned the decision of Dublin City Council to grant permission to this application, to demolish the old Legion Hall and build on open green space in Killester’s Middle Third and Abbeyfield.

Congratulations to all the locals and residents groups who supported the campaign against the application.

The development would have involved demolishing the old Legion  Hall, known locally as the Judo Hall, and the loss of considerable green open space.   The astonishing aspect of the planning decision granted by Dublin City Council is that the area is zoned amenity, we have adequate childcare in Killester, and a similar application was turned down earlier last year.  Another feature of this area is that there are established rights of way across the green space. The green was designed in the 1920s as part of the Demesne, Middle Third and Abbeyfield scheme to house ex army service-men and their families.  For some reason in the early 1960’s the Hall and sourounding area passed into private ownership.