633 apartments planned for former Chadwicks site
A FAST-TRACK planning application for 633 build-to-rent apartments, the majority of which are one-bed units, has been filed with An Bord Pleanála (ABP).
The proposed Strategic Housing Development (SHD), which is known as Greenvale, includes the demolition of the former Chadwick’s builders’ merchant and incorporation of the land at Greenhills Industrial Estate, Walkinstown.
There are several different aspects to the proposals, with the first part for the demolition of the former Chadwick’s builders merchant comprising of one two-storey office building and nine warehouses ranging in height from 3m to 9.9m.
Steeplefield Limited is proposing the construction of a mixed-use build-to-rent development comprising of 633 apartment units, one childcare facility and 10 commercial units form the second part of the plans.
Assembled in four blocks, which range in height from five- to 12-storeys, the apartments are comprised of 292 one-bed units, 280 two-bed units and 61 three-bed units.
All apartments will be provided with private balconies or terraces and there is also provision for a dedicated outdoor play area for the childcare facility.
There is provision of indoor communal residential amenity/management facilities including a co-working space, communal meeting room/workspaces, foyer, and toilets.
A gym, changing rooms, resident’s lounge, studio, laundry room, games room, media room and parcel room make up part of the amenities on offer to prospective clients.
Plans include the construction of three vehicular entrances, two secondary entrances and 439 car parking spaces which include 21 mobility spots, five club car spots and 15 commercial/unloading/drop-off on street parking spaces.
Some 1,363 dedicated bicycle parking spaces across nine bicycle storerooms and provision of 5,020sq.m of outdoor communal amenity space is also part of the plans.
ABP is due to decide on the case by July 14, 2022.
Since June 2017, SHD applications go straight to An Bord Pleanála, bypassing councils and disarming elected representatives from making a decision on a large scale development.
Fast track legislation for SHDs, which was signed into effect by then-Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, for the purpose of meeting the demand for housing, is set to be abolished.
Legislation to end SHDs and and restore the decision-making of large-scale housing developments to Local Authorities such as South Dublin County Council was passed in December.
This bill replaces the SHD process with a new planning process known as Large Scale Residential Developments (LRDs).
Following the enactment of the new bill, both LRD and SHD planning consent schemes will operate concurrently until all applications have worked their way through the system.