Cotter in ‘fast-track’ bid to build 934 homes in Dublin
DEVELOPER Michael Cotter has become the first house builder to avail of the Government’s heavily-anticipated introduction of a temporary ‘fast-track’ planning application system for large-scale housing schemes.
Viscount Securities, a company owned and controlled by Mr Cotter and his family, has submitted a pre-application proposal to An Bord Pleanála for a total of 934 new homes at Clay Farm in Leopardstown, south county Dublin.
Should it be approved, the scheme would see the delivery of 363 houses and 571 apartments on the site which is being developed by Mr Cotter’s Park Developments.
The fast-track planning regulations, which were signed into law by housing minister Eoghan Murphy on June 23, are set to reduce the period for decisions on stra- tegic housing developments (SHDs) of 100 units or more, to a maximum of six months.
The process allows developers seeking permission for large-scale residential schemes to bypass local authorities, and apply directly to An Bord Pleanála.
Outside of Mr Cotter’s plans for new homes,UCD has submitted its own pre-application proposal to An Bord Pleanála, seeking a 10-year planning permission for 512 student accommodation units, with the capacity for 3,006 bed spaces.
The proposed development of seven apartment blocks includes a student facility centre and 994 car parking spaces.
UCD lodged its pre-application with An Bord Pleanála on July 3 last – the date on which the fast-track planning system came into effect.