Permission granted for 611 apartments on former RTÉ Montrose site

by Rachel Darcy

Cairn Homes have been given planning permission to develop new homes on the Montrose lands formerly owned by state broadcaster, RTÉ.

Permission was given to the developer by An Bord Pleanala (ABP) for a €338m apartment complex at Montrose, which is to consist of over 600 apartments. There was a high level of local opposition to the project, with nine apartment blocks set to range from four to 10 storeys in height.

Plans for the development were submitted by Cairn Homes in late May. There were 19 objections lodged with ABP against the plans, with the Austrian Embassy, Ailesbury Road Residents Association and Pat Desmond – wife of Dermot Desmond – all lodging their opposition to Cairn’s plans.

Desmond and two other Ailesbury Road residents also brought an unsuccessful High Court action concerning the appeal board’s handling of the fast track Strategic Housing Development application. She has been an active opponent of the plans, comparing the development to the infamous Ballymun Towers in a letter to city councillors.

It is understood that several members of Dublin City Council (DCC) expressed concerns over the plans, and the scale of the build.

In their approval of the plans, ABP said that the proposals ‘would not seriously injure the residential or visual amenities’ in the locality, and were deemed acceptable in height and quantum of development. There are 29 conditions to the approval of the plans.

The planning board’s decision comes three years after Cairn Homes paid €107.5m to RTÉ for the site. The developers are expected to now enter talks with DCC to sell a number of the apartments to the council to comply with social housing obligations.

Planning documentation lodged by Cairn Homes with the application says that ‘Project Montrose’ is “a once in a lifetime opportunity for a landmark development in one of Dublin’s most desirable neighbourhoods”.

Related Articles