Massive residential development up to 15 storeys high mooted for Baldoyle

by Rose Barrett
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By Rose Barrett

With the government’s push for more housing via Strategic Housing Development (SHD), it would seem yet another proposed housing development in Fingal will double its density and height – and possibly double the population of Baldoyle itself!

For Cllr Joan Hopkins (Social Democrats), residential development is a must for the future of the coastal north Fingal town of Baldoyle. But the fast-tracking of a planning application by Shoreline Partnership to An Bord Pleanála (ABP) for a housing development at The Coast, Baldoyle will do little to cater for local housing needs and further contravenes the local and county area development plan meticulously planned by Fingal County Council.

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“Baldoyle is an amazing place to live, a wonderful coastal community. People need homes and this is a great place to provide them, but we want strong, sustainable communities – this one development by Shoreline has doubled its original capacity – from 1500 units to 3,000 within phased stages over the next ten years.

“This development will double the population of Baldoyle alone. Currently, it’s about 7,500 but if this planning application is approved by ABP, it will double the town’s population in the next five to eight years.”

Cllr Hopkins also criticised the type of housing units being sought, the height and car parking capacity at the site, which encompasses c.9.1ha.

“When you first see the plans for this development, it looks like two storey houses and apartments over two to six storeys high. But now, the plans go up to 15 storeys high!”

The Shoreline Partnership has now submitted an amended application to ABP, seeking 882 residential dwellings, which includes 747 apartments (38 x studio type; 209 x 1-Bed; 439 x 2-Bed;  61 x 3-Bed) and 135 houses (7 x 2-Bed; 96 x 3-Bed; 32 x 4-Bed).

From the original plans, the number of units have doubled by increasing the storey height of various blocks within the proposed development, i.e. from four to seven storeys, from six to eight/nine and from five to fifteen storeys in one block.

“This totally goes against the local and county development plan,” said Cllr Hopkins. “Planners, engineers and experts at Fingal County Council spent years drafting an area development plan, combining local housing needs, infrastructure, transport and amenities – and now, developers can by-pass the relevant plans and go straight to ABP via the Strategic Housing Development.

“This is not good planning! Furthermore, the original plans for this site had two car spaces per residential unit – the updated plan allows 0.5 car spaces per unit.

Furthermore, it allows only 74 visitor spaces. Phase 1 for 882 housing units, mainly apartments is with ABP; Phase 2 for a further 1200 units will be submitted next month and the third phase in the coming months, for a further 1,000 apartments

“We are all acutely aware now that 95% of apartments built in the last year have been sold to investment funds – so people will not even be afforded the opportunity to buy their own home here.

“How is this good planning for a small coastal community? With only 135 houses, how many locals will be able to afford them? I very much home that ABP will reject this plan and ensure that the developers get on with building a sustainable community and providing the many thousands of people already living here with community facilities and connection to the DART station they were promised over a decade ago”

The closing date for submissions is July 8.

“I would encourage locals to note their concerns – this application notes several potential Material Contraventions of the Fingal Local Area Plan and County Development Plan, among them height, density, parking provision and phasing.  See https://www.pleanala.ie/en-ie/case/310418 or

https://www.citizensinformation.ie/…/an_bord_pleanala.html

“Please email me on [email protected] if you require further information or assistance.”

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