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Monday 25 September 2017

3,000-home new town planned for Poolbeg site

An artist’s impression of the proposed new development
An artist’s impression of the proposed new development

Dublin City Council has unveiled plans for a new town in the south of the city capable of housing 7,000 people in 3,000 new homes.

Poolbeg West will see thousands of apartments built in blocks of up to 50 metres high, alongside commercial and retail space capable of accommodating 8,000 workers.

But the planning scheme makes no reference to plans to develop a film studio.

Instead, the city council says it can be considered and there "may be" an opportunity to develop "media/digital media and film production" facilities on a portion of the site.

The Poolbeg West planning scheme incorporates 34 hectares of land south of the Dublin Docklands beside Ringsend and includes the 10-hectare former Irish Glass Bottle site which was bought for more than €400m in 2006 but has remained undeveloped.

Other lands include the 4.6-hectare Fabrizia site and 17 hectares owned by the Dublin Port Company which will continue to be used for port activities.

The area was designated as suitable for fast-track planning permission last May, and the masterplan sets out proposals to build 3,000 homes in blocks of up to 50 metres, or nine storeys. Of these, up to 600 will be build to let to the rental market.

In addition, up to 100,000 square metres of commercial and retail space is proposed to accommodate 8,000 workers.

However, no large-scale retail development is proposed. Instead, offices and local services including shops, cafes, a hotel, two supermarkets and offices are earmarked for the site. No retail unit can be more than 5,000sq m.

"A primary challenge for the scheme is addressing a city-wide shortfall in housing supply," the Poolbeg West Planning Scheme says. "The site has potential to provide significant numbers of new housing in an area well served by infrastructure, and for this reason can play an important part in improving housing supply."

Shortfall

It says the age profile of the area is young, with 69pc of the local population aged 44 or younger, and there was a "high demand" for one and two-bedroom homes.

Overall, up to 900 of the 3,000 homes will be one-bedroom units, 450 will be three bedrooms or more and the balance will be two-bed properties.

Under existing planning rules, 10pc of all new homes must be for social housing.

The plan also includes a new bridge across the River Dodder, coupled with the extension of the Luas Red Line and more bus routes. Car use will be minimised, and walking, cycling and public transport prioritised.

Three parks are also proposed, along with a primary school. The plan is open for public consultation until March 8 next.

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