More information sought about plans for Bushy Park apartments

By Maurice Garvey

ADDITIONAL information is sought on plans to develop apartments at Bushy Park House in Templeogue.

Developers Sheelin McSharry submitted plans with South Dublin County Council in May, seeking a change of use at Bushy Park House – a protected structure – from education use to residential.

Bushy Park House 2

Included within the proposed residential development is provision for 17 apartments, which consist of eight one-bedroom apartments and nine two-bedroom apartments.

Also included within the proposal is the installation of five new internal staircases, internal partition walls, an external escape staircase and the replacement of windows.

Eighteen car parking spaces and 17 bicycle spaces are to be allocated to the housing development if approved, with a number of extensions also included within the development.

Sheelin McSharry previously fought a two-year battle with local residents for the development of more than 272 apartments, which now make up the majority of the Bushy Park House residential area that is located on the site adjacent to the proposed development.

They said: “The works will enable the re-use of this important building which has remained vacant for a number of years.”

A previous application for the development of housing at the same site was submitted in 2007, with the proposal refused permission by An Bord Pleanála in March 2009.

The reasons for refusal included the negative impact the development would have had on the architectural integrity of Bushy Park House, and the proposed basement apartments being “contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area”.

The new proposal aims to address these concerns.

Additional information was submitted by the applicant for site/basement plans, plus elevations.

The council have yet to make a decision on the planning application.

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