De­nis O’Brien firm gets green light for €50m D4 plan

Irish Independent - - Business - Gor­don Dee­gan

AN Bord Pleanála has given the green light to a com­pany backed by Ir­ish busi­ness­man De­nis O’Brien to con­struct a

€50m lux­ury apart­ment plan in Dublin’s Don­ny­brook.

The de­ci­sion brings to an end a 19-month plan­ning saga that has now re­sulted in Mr O’Brien’s Purleigh Hold­ings Ltd se­cur­ing plan­ning per­mis­sion for the 86 apart­ments across five blocks.

The firm lodged plans for a

90-unit plan last De­cem­ber in a re­vised ap­pli­ca­tion with Dublin City Coun­cil. How­ever, this was re­duced to 86 by the coun­cil in its grant­ing of per­mis­sion last April which or­dered the omis­sion of a top floor in one apart­ment block.

Two Dublin 4 res­i­dents’ groups, the Green­field Res­i­dents Group and the Nut­ley Square Man­age­ment Co, ap­pealed the City Coun­cil de­ci­sion to the ap­peals board.

The board in­spec­tor rec­om­mended that the de­vel­op­ment be fur­ther re­duced to 78 units, which if up­held, would have wiped an es­ti­mated €4m off the value of the de­vel­op­ment.

How­ever, the board has not gone along with the in­spec­tors’ rec­om­men­da­tion and has granted plan­ning for 86 apart­ments.

In their ap­peal, the Green­field Res­i­dents Group de­clared “enough is enough”.

The group said it ac­cepted a pre­vi­ous de­ci­sion to grant plan­ning per­mis­sion for 71 units and this should have been the max­i­mum al­lowed.

Their ap­peal stated that the 86 units “would be ex­ces­sive” and a de­ci­sion to give the green light for that amount of units “would be per­verse”.

In their ap­peal, the res­i­dents of Nut­ley Square claimed that the plan is “over­whelm­ing”, out of scale with houses in the area and would re­sult in a sig­nif­i­cant loss of res­i­den­tial ameni­ties.

How­ever, the ap­peals board ruled that the pro­posal would not se­ri­ously in­jure the vis­ual and res­i­den­tial ameni­ties of the area and so it would ac­cord with the zon­ing ob­jec­tive for the site.

The board also ruled that the pro­posal would, like­wise, ac­cord with rel­e­vant den­sity, height, and res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment stan­dards set out in the De­vel­op­ment Plan.

Mr O’Brien ac­quired the site from UCD in 2008 when he gave UCD €15m in cash and an­other three-acre site at Roe­buck to the col­lege in a land-swap plus cash deal.

The con­sul­tants for Purleigh, Hughes Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment Con­sul­tants, stated that the pro­posal “seeks to de­liver a high qual­ity res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment at a scale and den­sity which makes the most ef­fi­cient use of ser­viced land within Dublin’s metropoli­tan area” and that the apart­ments are gen­er­ous in size.

Artist’s im­pres­sion of Purleigh Hold­ings de­vel­op­ment in Dublin

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