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Warrenstown Islamic Centre given green light
The development was initially granted permission by Fingal County Council last october but this decision was appealed to the Board by a former resident Mr Patrick Regan. Mr Regan expressed a number of concerns about lack of public consultation , traffic congestion , car parking , height of minaret , Noise Pollution as a result of the Call to Prayer which occurs 5 times a day , the first one being at 5:30 am . A further 10 written submissions from concerned residents were made to the Board , these concerns included lack of integration with local community and creation of exclusive community , too many schools and halal shops in the area , traffic congestion , road safety , excessive scale and overdevelopment , visual impact on area , overshadowing , noise of minaret .
The centre which has been designed for the seperation of both genders consists of a 4 storey (3,805 sqm) Mosque with 97 metre high steel minaret , 2 apartments , 3 storey (2,728 sqm) community building incorporating a halal shop, barber shop, sports hall , changing rooms, restaurant , courtyard garden and offices . A Primary School (1,535sqm) to the west of the site .
In its decision , the Board overturned a number of conditions imposed on the applicant by Fingal County Council . A Condition by Fingal Council requiring the Halal shop and Barber shop to be omitted was overturned , another condition preventing noise from the call to prayer being audible from outside the site boundaries was also overturned while a condition requiring the applicant to make a financial contribution of €12,936 to better public infrastructure was also overturned by the Board .
Recommending that a Decision be made to grant permission for the development , Senior Planning Inspector Karla Mc Bride for An Bord Pleanala added :
The design and layout of the proposed development represents a high quality response to the characteristics of the appeal site and the surrounding area, and to the religious and cultural needs of the Shuhada community.
In particular, the design of the Mosque and Minaret is both contemporary and demonstrative of Islamic architecture.
The amended height and location will ensure that the Mosque occupies a prominent position within the site .
I am satisfied that the proposed development would make a positive contribution to the architectural and cultural heritage of this part of Fingal in particular and west Dublin in general
The proposed development would not seriously injure the amenities of the area or of property in the vicinity or give rise to a traffic hazard. The proposed development would, therefore, be in accordance with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area