Following a judicial review a judgement by Ms Justice Marguerite Bolger was welcomed by the Millbourne Residents Association yesterday.

In a detailed finding she has quashed the decision by An Bord Pleanala for planning permission  and afforded the parties to make any  written submissions before the court 6th February 2024.

 Welcoming the decision ,Independent Councillor Joe Bonner is delighted that after a long fight to “Save Millbourne Green’s Open Space” in Ashbourne.
‘The permission to build 30 Apartments, a 3  block multi storey development on this open space has been quashed.
Judgement in the Judicial review was determined yesterday 24th January 2024.
In summary, the decision to grant planning for the apartments has been quashed. ‘ he said.
The judge has remitted the case back to An Bord Pleanala to make a new decision on the application under the current County Development Plan.
This is great news for the residents of Millbourne Estate and their many supporters of this long campaign against the proposal to build on the only green space in the estate.
The fight against this proposal was lead by the Millbourne Residents Association who had a dedicated team of members who worked tireless day and night over the years to bring this result.
Their work included holding public meetings talking and writing to the authorities, studying and responding to the web of planning applications associated with this development.
The also set up a “Go Fund Me” page & they are so grateful for the massive support they received from the public.
The Millbourne Residents Association also made submissions to the County Development which resulted in the rezoning of the land to open space.
Thankfully their work is bringing results and this decision yesterday is a  massive achievement and a major step in the right direction.
There is still a way to go before this injustice is resolved but hopefully a final positive resolution in not far away. It is unfair that the energy of a community is sapped by bureaucracy.
‘In my opinion the provision of open space is an essential part of infrastructure and is as important as water, sewage, esb, gas, roads etc.

Why should a community have to fight to get a place for their children to play.’ Cllr Booner concluded.

The full judgement can be read on the following link;

https://courts.ie/view/judgments/b49b75be-b0f4-4cad-8c1e-41da548285c1/750ed1ca-25f6-46e0-ac47-84645a3a05b6/2024_IEHC_31.pdf/pdf