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.

City Planners give the go-ahead to demolish the old Legion Hall and build on green space in Killester.

My thanks to Fionuala Lennon for these photographs of the old hall and green at Middle Third and Abbeyfield in Killester.  Taken during the big freeze in January, the photographs show the proposed location for a commercial crèche, granted planning permission by Dublin City Council late last December.  

The development involves demolishing the old Legion  Hall, known locally as the Judo Hall, and the loss of considerable green open space.   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. 

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.

The local Labour Party organised two information meetings on the issue, and following these discussions, Cllr. Aodhán Ó Ríordáin  and myself lodged an appeal to An Bord Pléanala supporting the Killester Garden Village and local residents’ appeal.  See Dublin City Council for more information, reference planning application number 4182/09.

Proposal to demolish Killester’s Legion Hall and build on green open space

See my sample letter at top of page to Dublin City Council’s Planning Dept., regarding regarding  proposal to demolish a historic Killester and national landmark and build a large crèche on green open space.
Northside People have a good article on the hall and its history this week, and see Residents’ Association Killester Garden Village template on their website for people to use in their observations to Dublin City Planning Dept.

Important Note:  Deadline 3 December for observations on this development.  You can also lodge your observations online at www.dublincity.ie

Public Meeting to discuss Legion Hall in Killester

Legion Hall Killester, photo courtesy of Patrick Hugh Lynch

Cllr. Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and local Labour Party are holding a public meeting tomorrow night, 8pm in St. Brigid’s Parish Resource Centre, Killester, to discuss the new planning application lodged to demolish the Legion Hall in Killester and build on the green space.   The meeting will give residents an opportunity to disuss the
application and raise issues and concerns.

For more information on the site and please see my objection to a
similar application early this year.