McKillen’s Mount Mer­rion cafe and apart­ment pro­ject ap­proved despite lo­cal ob­jec­tions

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market -

Property com­pany Oak­mount, headed by se­rial de­vel­op­ers Paddy McKillen jnr and Matt Ryan, has been granted plan­ning per­mis­sion on ap­peal to re­de­velop the Union Cafe site at Mount Mer­rion, Co Dublin.

It has been nearly two years since the com­pany first ap­plied to Dún Laoghaire-Rath­down County Council for plan­ning on the site for a large five storey mixed-use scheme, trig­ger­ing the most con­tested plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion in the lo­cal council area that year, with nearly 340 ob­jec­tions lodged against the plans.

Fol­low­ing its re­jec­tion, last Novem­ber, Oak­mount lodged scaled-back plans for the scheme, re­mov­ing re­tail and gym el­e­ments pre­vi­ously pro­posed while re­tain­ing 50 apart­ments over four storeys and a three-storey pub/ restau­rant to be op­er­ated by McKillen and Ryan’s ever-ex­pand­ing Press Up Group.

The hos­pi­tal­ity el­e­ment is likely to re­tain the name of the es­tab­lish­ments be­ing de­mol­ished – Kennedy’s Pub and Union Cafe – and will fea­ture out­door ter­races, and park­ing at base­ment level.

The apart­ment scheme will com­prise 11 one-beds (51sq m-77.5sqm), 30 two-beds (80sq m-92sq m) and 9 three-beds (112sq m-148sq m).

Sep­a­rate plan­ning has also been ap­proved for 48 apart­ments at the ad­join­ing Flana­gans site, which should pro­vide am­ple ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions for lo­cals hop­ing to down­size from large houses in the area.

Despite scaled-back na­ture of Oak­mount’s plans lodged last Novem­ber, around 80 ob­jec­tions were re­ceived by the council, lead­ing the council to re­quest fur­ther in­for­ma­tion from Oak­mount on a number of po­ten­tial is­sues raised by ap­pel­lants to the scheme.

These in­cluded the de­vel­oper’s le­gal in­ter­est in a part of the site and the po­ten­tial noise that may arise from the new pub/ restau­rant of­fer­ing.

Oak­mount sub­mit­ted clar­i­fi­ca­tions, re­sult­ing in this week’s decision to grant per­mis­sion.

Oak­mount’s mixed-use scheme in Mount Mer­rion: al­most 340 ob­jec­tions were lodged against the plans

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