Revised LRD application for 1020 homes and nature park in Donabate

by Rose Barrett
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Rose Barrett

A fresh planning application for a housing development of 1,020 residential units, a 32-acre nature park, crèches, sheltered housing units, and links to the Broadmeadow Greenway has been submitted to Fingal County Council from Aledo Donabate Ltd.

Despite An Bord Pleanála granting permission in November 2022 for an SHD of 1,365 housing units – 346 houses and 1,019 apartments – creche and associated site works, the developers are resubmitting a revised application to appease local criticisms. Aledo claim the current proposal represents a significant reduction in the number of apartments in favour of houses with their own back garden.

However, Donabate Portrane Community Council confirmed their intention to take a judicial review against An Bord Pleanála’s approval earlier this year. The DPCC had also lodged a judicial review against Glenveagh following its respective approved development but later withdrew from the High Court appeal, when the developer entered negotiations to reduce the density and review the original application.

Aledo’s current proposal of 529 houses increases the number of housing units by 160 when compared to the original plan.  Own door Duplex and Triplex units now stand at 356, an increase of four. However, the number of apartments are significant down from 592 units to just 84 (508 drop).  With a reduction of 345 units from the original SHD application, the proposed construction period will be over ten years.

The applicant has consulted with the local Donabate community including community groups, interested parties and local politicians. A series of public meetings to showcase the development is planned for September.

Kevin Traynor, Project Director with Aledo Donabate Ltd said: “We believe the newly designed application goes a long way to provide critical housing supply and delivering homes to first time buyers, along with people wishing to downsize and remain living in the area. The new housing scheme will meet all the needs of social housing obligations in the region.”

Cllr Paul Mulville (SD for Rush Lusk LEA) stated: “I’d like to welcome the revised Large Scale Residential Development (LRD) application for the Corballis East lands, and the open communications from the landowner which is a fresh approach to development in our area.  The new proposed scheme is an improvement on the Strategic Housing Development (SHD) permission already granted, as it is closer to what is set out in the Local Area Plan for lands at Donabate. 

“However, the details of the new LRD application need further consideration, and in relation to the original SHD granted, the DPCC has an ongoing Judicial Review in train on behalf of local residents, and I will fully support the community council in whatever approach they decide to take with the JR.”

He continued: “Successive governments have failed to provide the necessary investment in essential local public services, eg childcare, community policing, primary health care, youth services, etc – which we urgently require for the present and future population.  If central government is not willing to take action, then they must empower and properly fund local government to do so.” 

Within Aledo’s current application, there is a 13-hectare nature park with links to the recently commenced Broadmeadow Estuary. In partnership with FCC, the area will be maintained as a world class natural habitat, stimulate education and encourage recreation without disturbing the natural habitat.

Cycle and pedestrian links will connect the development to the approved Broadmeadow Greenway, Donabate Train Station and Newbridge Demesne. Donabate is defined as a strategic development area under the Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES). The development is strategically located in the centre of the coastal village, with access from the Donabate Distributor Road and the existing Balcarrick Road and Smyth’s Bridge Public House, opposite Donabate Train Station. Construction on this phase of the project will commence in the coming weeks.

 The site at Corballis, Donabate is being developed by Aledo Donabate Ltd, part of the Cannon Kirk Group in conjunction with Lioncor. Part of the site has already been granted permission to build 54 units and some retail to the rear of Smyths Bridge Public House.  

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