The changing landscape of former Chadwicks site
An artist impression of the proposed development at the former Chadwicks site in Walkinstown

The changing landscape of former Chadwicks site

THESE are the computer-generated images (CGI) of the 633 build-to-rent apartments proposed just off the Greenhills Road.

The proposed Strategic Housing Development (SHD), which is known as Greenvale, includes the demolition of the former Chadwick’s builders’ merchant and incorporation of the land at Greenhills Industrial Estate, Walkinstown.

Steeplefield Limited has lodged the fast-track planning application, which involves four apartment blocks ranging in height from five- to 12-storeys, with An Bord Pleanála.

Proposals for the development also include the provision of a childcare facility, 10 commercial units, indoor communal residential amenity, co-working space, and meeting rooms.

Three vehicular entrances, which comprise of one primary entrance from the Greenhills Road and two emergency access points from the south, are included in the application along with 424 car parking spots and 1,035 dedicated bicycle spaces.

The proposed development was recently shown in depth at a presentation to the Rathfarnham/Templeogue-Firhouse-Bohernabreena Area Committee Meeting.

In one of the CGIs, the scale of the development from the Greenhills Road can be seen with the Church of Holy Spirit and Greenhills estate identifiable in the background.

An artist impression of how the apartments would look at the former Chadwicks site in Walkinstown

The full scale of the development is clearly shown in the existing and proposed photos from the Walkinstown Roundabout, which illustrates the sprawling proposed 12-storey development in comparison to the surround buildings.

An Bord Pleanála (ABP) is due to decide on the plans by July 14, 2022. In a tripartite meeting held between the applicant, ABP and South Dublin County Council, the Board made a number of comments requesting that a number of issues be addressed.

The current view from the Walkinstown roundabout

Clarification on how the proposed development responds to preferred scenarios identified for the City Edge Project and consideration of how the density and building heights align with national planning policy were among the issues outlined.

Further justifications on the design strategy, consideration of the potential impacts on future residential populations, and landscape drawings clarifying the quantum of public space proposed need to be provided.

Cross sections of the development, daylight analysis, micro-climate/wind impacts and noise impacts along with a housing quality assessment, waste management assessment, and roads reports need to be provided.

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