Dublin West becoming dumping ground of SHDS

by Rose Barrett
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Rose  Barrett

As MNE Capital Ltd recently submitted a strategic housing development (SHD) to An Bord Pleanála (APB) for apartments in Mulhuddart, Cllr Tania Doyle states this points to Dublin 15 becoming the “dumping ground for SHDs…the capital of build to rent (BTR) apartments in Ireland”.

The plans for Canterbury Gate were submitted to Fingal County Council last month and discussed at a local area meeting in recent weeks. All councillors voted it down bar Fine Gael members who abstained. Previously, ABP had requested further detail as the proposed plans conflicted with the Development Plan re proximity to a riverbank and its associated flooding, along with upgrading of the N3. 

Despite the development plan being for 189 apartments only, Cllr Doyle believes the design plan is totally unsuitable for the area, which has virtually no amenities or services.

“This proposal can only be described as a massive BTR development for the area – there is no proof whatsoever that it can be defined as ‘affordable’, most likely not given the high rental costs in this county.”

She also noted there was no Material Statement of Contravention of the Development Plan submitted by the applicant.

“At 10 storeys high, this development would change the dynamic of a low rise long established residential community. It changes the whole character of Mulhuddart. Public outdoor space is virtually non-existent, the site is served by a back road, not even a footpath nor a transport link to the airport!”

“The total number of dwellings proposed by SHD applications to date in Dublin 15 is just over 9,000 – with only 140 delivered as yet.”

Located close to the Circle K motorway service station and foodhall. Canterbury Gate* entails the construction of 189 no BTR apartments (63 x one beds; 126 x two-beds ranging in height from five-storey over lower ground floor car park to ten storeys over lower ground floor car park. 

Each apartment has its own private balcony with access to a landscaped communal open space; amenities for the various blocks include a residential amenity area, parcel drop box, laundry and a 270 sqm creche, fitness suite, car and bicycle parking, ancillary works, etc.

Other SHD applications were by Osh Ventures Ltd, at the Old Schoolhouse site (a protected structure) on Porterstown Road, Clonsilla (198 BTR one and two bed apartments, 19 three bed units over four to seven storeys in height).

Castlethorn Construction Unltd have applied for 354 residential units (albeit a mix of 122 houses and 232 apartments), at Kellystown, Clonsilla; 211 apartments ranging from six to eight storeys is sought near St Mochtas FC and estate, also in Clonsilla; a ‘co-living’ development is sought at Brady’s pub on the Old Navan Road, Blanchardstown while the  Jamestown Development in nearby Finglas could allow for up to 2,200 BTR apartments.

Cllr Doyle, while acknowledging that renting serves a major purpose in housing for many, laid the for the rash of SHDs submitted across Fingal lies solely at the feet of market forces and the power of the property development lobby, which she believes has “directly brought about our current lack of appropriate and affordable family homes.”

She added: “The planning system has been upended by ministerial directives which are mandatory for the planning authority to adopt… most were issued under former Housing Minister, Eoin Murphy, TD.”

Cllr Tania Doyle at the site of the old schoolhouse in Clonsilla

The Strategic Housing Directive has undermined the role of elected members and council officials who work hard to deliver a sustainable and appropriate county development plan – but that hard work is totally overridden by this government directive, she said.

The Minister of Housing, Darragh O’Brien did not respond to Gazette enquiries regarding the high number of SHD BTR apartments currently under application in D 15, nor as to whether the strategic housing directive would be renewed in February 2022.

*Submissions (with fee) re Canterbury Gate must be sent directly to ABP on or before November 30, 2021.

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