LDA and DCC seek public’s feedback re plan for over 1,100 homes in Cherry Orchard/West Dublin

by Rose Barrett
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The Land Development Agency (LDA) and Dublin City Council (DCC) have recently launched a public consultation process for a proposed new development of over 1,100 homes at Cherry Orchard in Dublin. Referred to by the working name of ‘Cherry Orchard Point’, the cost rental, social and affordable purchase housing project involves proposals for 1,131 homes and 23,400 sqm of retail and community space.

The proposals are being developed in partnership with DCC on greenfield lands owned by the local authority beside Park West Avenue and 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.

The public and any interested bodies are now being invited to give their feedback on this multi-phase project, which will then be considered as part of the design and planning process.  A series of phased planning applications are due to be submitted, starting in the coming months.

Proposals for development of Cherry Orchard Point include approximately 1,131 homes and 23,400sqm of new retail and community space

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.  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. 

All homes will be designed to be highly energy efficient with a minimum A BER rating.  The proposed designs include heat pump systems and PV panels as well as a high level of insulation.

The mix of homes will involve 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom apartments in the initial phase, plus 2 and 3-bedroom own-door homes in subsequent phases.  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.

The overall plan encourages a good mix of housing units, with strong provision for local shops and parks in addition to other community and recreational facilities, which will be available both to new residents and the wider local community.

Population of well-connected area expected to increase by 1,800 to 2,000 people on delivery of new homes

The development plans will combine with other public projects proposed locally by DCC and the Local Area Plan including the refurbishment and enhancement of Cherry Orchard Park and the development of a Village Hub plus new schools and education facilities. 

The project aims to deliver a variety of housing mix, with buildings of different heights, form and materials. The development is proposed to have a distinctive character with a clear sense of place and identity as well as people friendly streets, open spaces, a pedestrian and cycle network, secure bicycle parking and an extension to the plaza in front of the existing railway station.

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 Cherry Orchard Point – Proposed Design Plans for Public Feedback document 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] and more information is available by calling (01) 9103400.

The consultation process will run up to July 12 next.  All feedback received will be considered by the planning and design team in coordination with the LDA and DCC.

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