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Biodiversity theme for planned South Dublin leisure scheme

The property developer and investor Paddy McKillen Jr has lodged plans to develop a five-floor interpretive centre and leisure facilities at the edge of a nature reserve at Booterstown marsh in south Dublin.

The plan for the site, which was acquired by McKillen’s father Paddy McKillen Sr in 2014, includes a spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and gym facilities.

The biodiversity-themed circular building would have a central garden and also include a cafe, creche and outdoor terraces overlooking the nature reserve.

McKillen Sr paid €1m for the site more than five years ago, but it has remained undeveloped. Under previous ownership there was an application to build apartments on the site, but that proposal was refused by An Bord Pleanala.

A spokeswoman for McKillen Jr said work on the project would start immediately if permission were granted. The project would be carried out by McKillen Jr’s development company Oakmount.

She said the proposed building would occupy less than one-third of the 1.93-hectare site and the remainder would be a “coastal habitat”.

The site has been cleared of Japanese knotweed, an invasive species of weed that can grow through concrete and damage buildings.

Source: The Times

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