Plans re-submitted for Kestrel include 16 car parking spaces
DEVELOPERS have re-submitted plans for apartments at the site of the Kestrel Pub at Walkinstown roundabout – but this time around there is provision included for 16 car parking spaces.
Last year, Double E Investments, were refused planning permission by Dublin City Council, for a development at the site, which included proposals for 52 apartments but no car parking spaces.
A new application submitted by Double E, the property arm of Double Property Group, contains proposals for 42 apartments, 16 car parking spaces, 138 bicycle parking spaces and three retail units at ground floor.
As with the previous plan, Double E are seeking to demolish the two-storey Kestrel building, and this time around, build a part 4, 5, and 6-storey mixed-use development, containing 19
one-bed apartments and 23 two-beds.
A significant amount of objections were lodged to the previous planning application by residents, concerned that the lack of car parking spaces would have a negative impact on a busy local traffic network, and increase pressure for parking spaces on residential roads in the vicinity of the site.
City planners determined the lack of parking would “generate overspill parking and servicing activity onto the adjacent heavily trafficked public road network, namely Bunting Road, Walkinstown Road, Cromwellsfort Road and footpaths thereby causing an obstruction to pedestrians, cyclists, vehicles and other road users.”
Planners said the applicant had not demonstrated that the site, located on a heavily trafficked junction and road network, can accommodate a car free development based on proximity and accessibility criteria “without resulting in a negative impact on the surrounding local road network.”
The landmark Kestrel pub sold for more than its €1.8m guide price in 2019.
Graham Canning bought the pub in 2004 for a record price of €7.3 million.
It closed in 2010, and the following year, publican Michael McGowan bought the premises for a price believed to be in the region of over €2 million.
Closing date for observations on the latest planning application with Dublin City Council is March 7.