Homes, schools, and jobs

By Maurice Garvey

DUBLIN City Council voted to support the Park West Cherry Orchard Local Area Plan (LAP) on Monday night.

The statutory plan, has the potential to deliver over 2,000 homes, new schools and shops in 46 hectares of land available for development.

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Park West Cherry Orchard Local Area Plan (LAP)

There are eight separate strategic sites contained in the LAP, each of which is projected to be carried out in phases.

Site 4 is the largest, an 11.5 hectare mixed-use Cedarbrook Avenue site, with an estimated 650 to 750 units, up to eight storeys in height.

Site 6 at Park West Avenue/Road includes potential for between 650-750 units and a new primary school.

At Monday’s council meeting, the city council Planning Officer John O’Hara said this LAP has been in preparation for the last 18 months, and involved extensive public consultations.

The city council received 126 submissions from groups, organisations and residents, after the plans went on public display, and 52 motions were received from local councillors.

All of the submissions and motions were considered by the city council, prior to the creation of a draft plan, which also includes provision for infrastructures, tree-lined streets, two revamped parks – Cherry Orchard and Gallanstown – and a home for the local Horsepower project.

It is proposed that members agree on the tenure mix of housing prior to the roll-out of each separate sites contained within the LAP.

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Mr O’Hara said national legislation provides for 10 per cent social housing on private land.

He also said there are five city council sites contained in the LAP, which could provide up to 1,500 new homes.

Councillor Daithí Doolan (SF) said: “This plan aims to undo the decades of neglect Cherry Orchard has suffered from. This is much more than just about bricks and mortar.

“The plan is also committed to providing training and jobs. It is important, [it] has a long-term positive legacy.”

Councillor Vincent Jackson (Ind) called for new schools in the plan, to be available for community use at the weekends and during holidays, while stressing the importance of strong estate management schemes.

Dublin City Council Chief Executive Owen Keegan praised the work of members in the LAP as “it shows what the council is capable of doing.”

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