NCT check centre plans will ‘negatively have an effect on enjoyment and worth of my dwelling’

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NCT test center plans will negatively affect the joy and value of my home

By Aideen O’Flaherty

A resident of TYMONVILLE said that the extended opening hours of the Greenhills NCT Center next to his house “negatively affects my enjoyment of my home.”

Colm Lynch stated this in a notice of appeal he recently filed with An Bord Pleanála to overturn the South Dublin County Council’s decision to authorize the changed hours.

Residents along with Paul Murphy, TD, demonstrate the proximity of the Greenhills NCT Center to their back gardens

As reported in The Echo, Residents whose houses are at the rear of the test center said that the noise from the center made longer opening hours “unbearable” for them and expressed concerns about the effectiveness of the proposed acoustic wall.

Applus Inspection Services Ltd, which operates the National Car Testing Service on behalf of the Road Safety Authority, submitted a building application to South Dublin County Council last October.

The company applied for a building permit for the construction of a 4.5 m long acoustic wall with a cranked top at the rear and side borders of the NCT center, as well as for changed operating times, for which it had previously received a permit from An Bord Pleanála in 2015.

The changed opening times are Mondays and Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., then Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

South Dublin County Council approved the plans on May 19 with a number of conditions.

One of the conditions includes stipulating that the changed opening times will apply for a period of two years and that the center will return to the previous opening times two years after the building permit has been granted – unless another building permit is applied for and granted.

Applus is also obliged to hire “a suitably qualified professional” to conduct an examination in the vicinity of the test center in order to monitor the noise pollution of the center in the evening hours.

In response to the approval being granted, Mr Lynch appealed the Council’s decision to An Bord Pleanála.

Mr. Lynch stated in his appeal admission that the extended hours were “due to the noise coming from [the NCT centre’s] Working into the evening ”will“ negatively affect my enjoyment of living and reduce the value of my house ”.

On board Pleanála has not yet taken a decision on the admission of Mr Lynch.