Build­ing of 526 new homes in Sag­gart gets the go-ahead

The Irish Times - Business - - BUSINESS NEWS - FIONA REDDAN

A joint ven­ture be­tween the Na­tional As­set Man­age­ment Agency and Har­court De­vel­op­ments has re­ceived plan­ning per­mis­sion to build 526 new homes in Sag­gart, Co Dublin, ad­ja­cent to the Luas.

The news comes as Ires Reit looks set to add to its port­fo­lio with the ac­qui­si­tion of 128 apart­ments at Hamp­ton Wood in Dublin 11.

Greenacre Res­i­den­tial ap­plied back in De­cem­ber through the Strate­gic Hous­ing Devel­op­ment sys­tem, which al­lows de­vel­op­ers to fast-track the plan­ning process with An Bord Pleanála. It ap­plied to build 459 houses and 65 apart­ments on a 24-hectare site at For­tunestown Lane and Garter Lane, some 600 me­tres from Sag­gart vil­lage.

The devel­op­ment, which has a den­sity of 39 units net per hectare, will con­sist of 262 three-bed, two-storey units; 197 four-bed, three-storey ter­raced and end of ter­race units, 37 two-bed du­plex units and 30 two-bed apart­ments in two and three storey res­i­den­tial blocks, as well as 804 car park­ing spaces.

It will also be home to a num­ber of parks and a square, and has al­lo­cated 52 units for so­cial hous­ing un­der its Part V obli­ga­tions. The ap­proval is sub­ject to 39 con­di­tions, which in­clude con­vert­ing a res­i­den­tial unit to a com­mu­nity floorspace, and pro­vid­ing a creche. Some lo­cal res­i­dents raised con­cerns to the plans, with one ar­gu­ing the devel­op­ment plans made no pro­vi­sion for a sec­ondary school. Con­cerns were also raised about whether higher den­si­ties were be­ing pushed by the plan­ning author­i­ties close to Luas sta­tions.

Fast-track suc­cess

De­vel­op­ers have had a mixed re­sult with the fast-track process, which al­lows de­vel­op­ers to by­pass lo­cal author­ity plan­ning pro­cesses for de­vel­op­ments of more than 100 homes, or blocks of 200-stu­dent bedspaces, since it was brought in last year.

Ear­lier this year, An Bord Pleanála re­jected an ap­pli­ca­tion from de­vel­oper Michael Cot­ter’s firm Vis­count Se­cu­ri­ties for 927 hous­ing units at Clay Farm in Leop­ard­stown, while Burke­way Homes also had its plans for 113 new homes at Bearna out­side Gal­way city turned down.

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