‘Cherry Orchard Point’ – “an exciting and positive development”, says SF Cllr

by Rose Barrett
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Rose Barrett

‘Cherry Orchard Point’ is an innovative cost rental, social and affordable purchase housing project recently launched which proposes 1,131 homes and 23,400 sqm of retail and community space.

The development is designed to centre round the new Cherry Orchard Point Park, which will feature a community garden, picnic lawn, space for kickabouts, a multi-sports pitch, an outdoor gym, play equipment, a walking and running ‘loop’, and extensive areas of natural, native, bio-diverse and pollinator friendly planting.

The Land Development Agency (LDA) and Dublin City Council (DCC) have recently launched a public consultation process for the proposed development in West Dublin.

Interested bodies and members of the public are invited to give their feedback on this multi-phase project, which will then be considered as part of the design and planning process.

For Daithí Doolan (SF), this is an exciting and positive development for the Cherry Orchard community.

“This is a hugely significant development, consisting of over 1,100 homes. It will break down as 80 per cent cost rental and 20 per cent social housing.” He noted the the large allowance for community facilities, creches and retail space.

“It is essential that the cost rental is affordable and that the community amenities are accessible to all. This development is hugely significant, and I would encourage residents, community groups, youth and sporting groups to read the plans and engage with the LDA.

“It is very positive to see that pedestrian-friendly with bio-diversity aspects are central to the whole plan.”

The site lands are owned by DCC and located beside Park West Avenue, the Park West and Cherry Orchard Railway Station.

A proposed design document, now available on the LDA’s website, details how Cherry Orchard Point will add significantly to the Park West-Cherry Orchard area and help create a new vibrant community.

A series of phased planning applications are due to be submitted, starting in the coming months. The project will involve four phases initially, with a landmark 15-storey residential building envisaged as part of Phase 1.  It is expected that the overall development will increase the numbers living in the area by between 1,800 to 2,000 people.

The breakdown of housing involves approximately 905 cost rental and affordable purchase homes and 226 social homes in a mix of one, two and three beds, all with minimum Ber A rating.  A total of 3,776 sqm is reserved for retail use, while there are plans for two creches and up to 18,000 sqm of commercial/enterprise use located near to the M50. 

Many homes will have views over a new park or landscaped communal courtyard gardens. Large purpose-built storerooms will be provided in all homes in addition to fitted wardrobes.

Plans can be accessed on https://lda.ie/projects/cherry-orchard  The public are asked to review the document and get in touch with any comments or suggestions they wish to submit. 

Submissions can be made by emailing [email protected] Consultation is open up until July 12 next. 

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