Ben Dunne Carlisle lands plan for 208 apartments
An artist impression of the proposed development on Kimmage Road West

Ben Dunne Carlisle lands plan for 208 apartments

LAND owned by Ben Dunne Gym is the focus of an SHD planning application at Carlisle, Kimmage Road West.

Terenure Land Limited has lodged the Strategic Housing Development (SHD) application with An Bord Pleanála seeking to develop 208 apartments assembled in five blocks ranging in height up to six storeys.

Proposals provide for 104 one-beds and 104 two-beds, all with associated private balconies and terraces with elevations in every direction.

There is provision for some 100 car parking spaces along with 484 cycle parking spots and six motorcycle spaces located at undercroft and surface level.

There is provision for 12 electric vehicle charging spaces and six universal access spaces.

Vehicular and pedestrian access to the subject site will be from the Kimmage Road through the existing Ben Dunne Gym access route.

All associated site development works, public open spaces, communal open space, landscaping, boundary treatments, plant and waste management areas are to be provided in the proposed development.

A small portion of land owned by well-known businessman, Ben Dunne, and a section of Kimmage Road West, which is in the charge of Dublin City Council and South Dublin County Council, is included within the subject site.

Ben Dunne has provided a letter of consent from Ben Dunne Gym for the developer to submit a planning application in respect of his lands at Carlisle, Kimmage Road West, Dublin 12.

Both Dublin City Council and South Dublin County Council also wrote letters of consent in respect of its lands.

The existing use of the land is greenfield and as an access road for Ben Dunne Gym Carlisle.

This SHD planning application was lodged with national planning authority, An Bord Pleanála, on March 16.

The case is due to be decided by the Board by July 5, 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.

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