Bartra have just received permission from An Bord Pleanala for a 204 No. bed Co-Living Scheme on Eblana Avenue in Dun Laoghaire.
The application was subject to significant media interest but the decision reflects the fact that the proposal compares very favourably to international examples, where it is a successful housing tenure for a specific cohort of the population at a specific time in their working life.
The development will offer an active and engaging living experience for future residents, will provide an attractive and animated building in the heart of Dun Laoghaire and will provide a new pedestrian link between Eblana Avenue and Crofton Square, providing greater permeability in this part of Dun Laoghaire.
Thornton O’Connor Town Planning acted as Planning Advisors on the scheme, which was designed by HKR Architects in conjunction with a large Design Team including CS Consulting, Stephen Diamond Landscape Architects, 3D Design Bureau and JV Tierneys.
Bartra Property Apartment Scheme in Blackrock Subject to 50 Objections & Refused Permission by Planning Authority is Granted by An Bord Pleanala
A development for Bartra Property comprising the demolition of a house and garage and the construction of a part 3 to part 5 No. storey apartment development (26 No. units) at No. 45 Woodlands Park, Blackrock, which was the subject of 50 No. Third Party Objections, was initially refused permission by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council for the following reason:
‘The proposal, by reason of its scale, height, form, massing and architectural expression is not considered to accord with Section 188.8.131.52(vii) of the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown-County Development Plan 2016-2022 in relation in infill development and in its current form fails to respect and compliment the established character of the area. In addition, the proposal, by reason its scale, height, massing and insufficient southern boundary setback, does not provide an appropriate transition in height to properties within the vicinity and will severely compromise the residential amenity of these properties by reasons of overlooking, overshadowing and by being overbearing. The proposed development would, therefore, be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area’.
However, a First Party Appeal was submitted to An Bord Pleanála which demonstrated that the proposed development will have no material impact on neighbouring residential amenity and included precedent cases of similar schemes in similar contexts that have been Granted permission by An Bord Pleanála. The Board in making their Decision to Grant Permission referred to the overall scale, design and height of the development and concluded that it would not seriously injure the visual or residential amenities of the area or of property in the vicinity.
Thornton O’Connor Town Planning acted as the agents for the application and appeal and are delighted with such a successful outcome on a contentious development.
Grant of Permission for 142 No. BTR Apartments on Site Flanking the N11 in Foxrock will Provide Greater Choice of Tenure
Thornton O’Connor Town Planning are delighted to have secured permission for a development comprising 142 No. high quality Build-to-Rent units ranging in height from 5 to 7 No. storeys over basement on a site fronting onto the N11 and backing onto Granville Road.
The Application was subject to the Strategic Housing Development process and thus the application was lodged directly with An Bord Pleanala further to the Board determining that the Applicant had a reasonable basis to lodge the application subsequent to a detailed pre-application submission.
The high-quality design will make a positive contribution to the streetscape and the permitted mix of 1, 2 and 3 No. bed apartments will provide choice in tenure in the area. The scheme was designed with careful consideration of the surrounding two storey dwellings, ensuring the protection of their residential amenity whilst densifying the site as required by national policy to provide much-needed residential accommodation. The permitted development responds to the locational characteristics of the site proximate to low density houses yet provides a development that also responds to the opportunities presented by an amalgamated infill plot (previously occupied by two dwellings, Roselawn and Aberdour) that is positioned on a key arterial route to Dublin City Centre (N11).
The scheme will also provide communal amenity facilities such as a social integration space within a stand-along single storey garden pavilion block and a gymnasium, multifunctional area and work lounge.
A significant planning gain associated with the scheme is the upgrading of the pedestrian link from the N11 through to Granville Road via Knocksinna Court which is currently overgrown and impassable. Members of the public in addition to residents of the scheme may utilise this link which promotes permeability and will enhance connectivity for the local area.
The Design Team included Henry J Lyons Architects, Mitchells Landscape Architects and Waterman Moylan Consulting Engineers.
An Bord Pleanála Grants Permission for Four Storey Office Extension to Exchequer Chambers, Exchequer Street
Thornton O’Connor Town Planning in conjunction with DJI Design are delighted to have received a Grant of Permission from An Bord Pleanála for a four storey office extension to the rear of the Exchequer Chambers building on Exchequer Street.
The development, which was initially issued a Notification of Decision to Grant Permission from Dublin City Council was subject to a Third Party Appeal from an adjoining landowner. It was claimed that the subject development through the inclusion of windows at the party boundary with adjoining lands would hamper the future development potential of the adjoining site.
Thornton O’Connor Town Planning successfully demonstrated to An Bord Pleanála that any future insertion of built fabric to the adjoining site would need to be designed having due regard to its context, which is predominated by historic buildings, including its relationship with the Exchequer Chambers building which was constructed in 1901 to the designs of William H Byrne.
The Board Inspector who ultimately recommended a Grant of Permission stated in their assessment that there is no evidence of any application or development proposals submitted to the planning authority for preplanning enquiry and therefore the development of the adjoining site is purely speculative. The Inspector also noted that the size of the Appellant’s site (c 4,000 sq m) would allow for a variety of design proposals and therefore it was not considered that the proposed development would preclude the future development of sites in the surrounding area.
We are delighted to have secured permission for a high quality built form in the heart of Dublin 2 that will add interest to the streetscape of Andrew’s Lane and maximise the use of city centre infrastructure and services by intensifying office development at the subject site. The scheme represents a significant investment in a strategically located site in the heart of the city which will add to the transformation of the area, improving vitality and viability and ensuring densification of key urban sites.
Cork City Council has Granted Permission for a 145 No. bedspace student accommodation development at Farranlea Road, Cork.
Thornton O’Connor Town Planning in conjunction with Boyes Rees Architecture and Curtins Engineers are delighted to have secured such a clean permission for a professionally managed facility on a key underutilised site in the south-west of Cork City. The relatively complex site is bounded on three sides by residential development (and associated private amenity space) which therefore required an innovative design response to avoid overlooking and adversely impacting upon the residential amenity of neighbouring dwellings.
The Cork City Development Plan 2015-2021 refers to the growth in recent years of the numbers of third level students together with the planned expansion of the city’s major educational/facilities and acknowledges that there is a demand for specific residential accommodation to cater for this need. The Farranlea scheme will play a role in addressing this identified demand.
The Evening Echo has published an article relating to the proposed mixed-use scheme at the Square Deal site at Washington Street West in Cork City, which includes student accommodation (242 No. bedspaces), café use and co-working space. Thornton O’Connor Town Planning are the agents for the application. A copy of the article is provide below:
The location of the site is ideally suited to student accommodation which will provide student living in the heart of the city with ease of access to educational institutions and the variety of retail and commercial facilities in Cork City. The café proposed at ground floor level in the Protected Structure to be retained will ensure that this key historic building is unlocked to the public allowing its internal fabric to be fully appreciated. The co-working space, also at ground floor level, which includes an associated café/bar and meeting rooms will provide an exciting and innovative commercial concept in the centre of the city. The development with the 3 No. proposed uses will collectively result in a significant increase in activity and a new vibrancy at the subject location. The development will also have a significant positive streetscape impact by restoring the 19th-century two- and three-storey redbrick Protected Structure facing Washington Street West to its original presentation befitting of its historical and architectural importance. Importantly, the development will assist in meeting the critical demand for purpose built student accommodation in Cork City.
Submissions on the Luas Cross City Draft Special Development Contribution Scheme Invited by Dublin City Council
Dublin City Council has prepared a Draft Supplementary Development Contribution Scheme for lands located within 1 kilometer of the Luas Cross City line in accordance with the provisions of Section 49 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (which allows a Planning Authority to attach a condition to a planning permission for development which benefits from public infrastructure, requiring payment of a financial contribution in respect of the provision of that infrastructure).
Details of the proposed contributions under the Draft Supplementary Development Contribution Scheme are as follows:
Residential – €2,000 per unit
Commercial – €38 per sq m
Retail – €43 per sq m
The public consultation period is for 6 weeks from Monday 9th January to Monday 20th February 2016.
Further details including a map of the areas that will be subject to the Contribution is available on the following link: http://www.dublincity.ie/luascrosscity
In a Decision which supports the important role of the Film Industry in Co. Wicklow, permission has been granted for the continued use of the backlot studio at Ardmore Studios. The backlot area is critical in ensuring that Ardmore Studios, which is an important national centre for film making, has the available infrastructure to continue to attract future investment and ensure its continued viability at its campus in Bray.
The positive Decision, which issued in less than 6 No. weeks is welcomed by Thornton O’Connor Town Planning who acted as the agents for the planning application in association with Cantrell and Crowley Architects.
Since 2006 Ardmore Studios has been home to three television series – ‘The Tudors’, filmed between 2006 and 2010 at a cost of over €90 million, ‘Camelot’ filmed in 2010 and from 2014 ‘Penny Dreadful’. In 2011, Byzantium, directed by Neil Jordan, located at Ardmore.
A number of key points are summarised below:
1. Application for 100+ Residential/Student Accommodation Units: Applications for development of 100 or more houses or student accommodation units (or the amendment of an existing planning permission where the proposed amendments relate to 100 or more houses or student accommodation units) including houses or student accommodation units and a mixture other uses where the cumulative gross floor area of the houses or student accommodation units comprises no less than eighty five per cent of the proposed development’s gross floor space and whereby other uses do not cumulatively exceed 1,500 square metres gross floor space shall be made to An Bord Pleanála (ABP) and not to a Planning Authority (PA). Pre-planning consultation will have to be held with both the Planning Authority and An Bord Pleanála.
2. Second Extension of Duration for Substantial Works: The Bill also facilitates a second Extension of Duration application for developments of 20+ residential units where substantial works have been completed.
We are advised that the legislation is due to be adopted in December.
Planning Permission Granted to Ensure the Vitality of Hotel Originally Financed by Lord Powerscourt in the Victorian Village of Enniskerry
Planning Permission has been Granted by Wicklow County Council for the refurbishment and significant extension of the Powerscourt Arms Hotel in Enniskerry. Co. Wicklow.
The Hotel was originally financed by Lord Powerscourt in the late 1860’s but was destroyed by fire in 1894 and rebuilt.
Thornton O’Connor Town Planning in conjunction with MJ Architecture are delighted to have secured permission within six weeks for a development that will ensure the long-term vitality of the hotel at its original location in the heart of the Victorian Village.