‘Age friendly’ apartment complex approved at Walkinstown site
PLANS for a new ‘age friendly’ apartment complex at a former commercial premises in Walkinstown have been granted planning permission by Dublin City Council – with the condition that part of the planned development is downsized.
Applicant Delta Acorn Ltd lodged the plans for the demolition of existing factory and ancillary buildings at the former Lighting & Electrical Distribution Group Ltd Factory Complex, Moeran Road, last August.
The plans state the proposal is for the construction of a 59-unit, one- to five-storey “age-friendly independent living” residential development.
The 59 apartments include provision for 51 one-bed units and eight two-bed units, and the The development is to be served by 18 car park spaces and 60 bicycle parking spaces.
According to the plans, each apartment is provided with a private balcony or terrace and has access to communal landscaped open space in the central courtyard and a communal roof garden on the southern block.
Plans also include the provision of entrance lobby, comprising reception desk, office and communal spaces comprising common room, meeting room, laundry room, bin store and a bike store all at ground floor level.
The plans attracted ten third-party objections, where concerns were raised about the ratio of parking spaces to future residents within the proposed development, the lack of a gate at the front of the proposed development, and the potential impact on traffic.
On July 4, Dublin City Council decided to grant permission for the contentious development, with several conditions.
These conditions include the developer making a development contribution of €110,452.99 to the council as a contribution towards expenditure in the area that is likely to be incurred by the council.
The council also instructed the developer to reduce the height of one of the apartment blocks to two storeys, with the removal of one of the floors and the omission of eight units.
One of the other blocks also must have a floor removed, and in doing so omit two apartment units, so that the height in the block can be reduced to three storeys.