Square top floor car park could ‘contribute positively to future sustainable growth’
The car park on the cinema side of The Square could be used for development according to property developer Glenveagh

Square top floor car park could ‘contribute positively to future sustainable growth’

A section of the top floor of the car park of The Square Shopping Centre could “contribute positively to future sustainable growth” in the locality, according to a developer who owns the site and has noted that it’s zoned for a broad range of uses – one of which could be residential.

Property developer Glenveagh also highlighted on their sites that are adjacent to the Citywest Shopping, where they are currently constructing a 463-unit residential development.

According to Glenveagh, both sites “can contribute positively to future sustainable growth in both these areas”.

The Citywest site is already zoned for residential use in the Draft County Development Plan, while Glenveagh stated the Draft Plan provides a detailed list of uses for the Tallaght site, “which are permitted in principle which includes a broad range of uses, including residential”.

In their submission on the Draft County Development Plan, Glenveagh has requested that South Dublin County Council alter their ‘overly prescriptive housing mix policy’ which requires a minimum 30 per cent of units in residential developments to be three-bed units.

An aerial view of The Square car park

They also asked for the local authority also to change their public open space requirements for residential developments.

The developer raised these issues among a number of points in their submission on the Draft County Development Plan.

Glenveagh said it recognised that “there is a requirement to ensure that public open space is provided for”, but added that “quality public open space for new residential developments opposed to quantitative amounts of public open space would have a much more positive contribution to areas other than the policy provision which currently exists.”

A reduction in the required amount of public open space in future developments “should be considered to overcome challenges in bringing sites forward”, according to the submission.

The developer also requested that the council “address the overly prescriptive housing policy” that require 30 per cent of developments to contain three-bed units, and “further elaboration” on the County Development Plan superseding existing Local Area Plans.

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