I’m deeply angry to see that Beechview House, at the start of Blanchardstown Main Street, was demolished on Friday. I do not believe that this demolition had planning permission and I have asked Fingal County Council to undertake a planning enforcement investigation into the matter.
The planning permission granted for this site in 2012 made it clear that the existing structure was to be “redeveloped” and incorporated into a new medical centre and two apartments. It is absolutely outrageous that some developers still think they can ignore planning permission and do what they like.
This was a historic building. It was constructed in 1840, so it actually dates back to before the Famine. While buildings have to change and make room for the growth of Blanchardstown, this can be done in an appropriate way, as was seen with the redevelopment of the cottages on Main Street to create the Bicycle Shop and the Cottage Café. Indeed, the plans for Beechview were quite sympathetic and would have allowed for the retention of the old building.
I look forward to the planning officials providing local councillors with a full report of what has happened at this site.