Permission has been granted by An Bord Pleanála for 732 apartments and co-living units at the old Player Wills factory site on Dublin’s South Circular Road.
The developer – international real estate company Hines – welcomed the decision saying it will provide much needed housing and community amenities.
“This is the second phase of the significant urban regeneration of a large brownfield site in Dublin 8, once home to the Player Wills cigarette factory,” they said.
“The decision also allows for the transformation of the former Player Wills Factory into an innovative mixed use space, with a fully permeable ground level including a large café, bar, restaurant, outdoor courtyard, and a 852sqm dedicated community, arts and cultural and exhibition space, including artists’ studios.”
The development will include 240 co-living units on the old Player Wills factory site as part of a planning application made before a Government ban on such developments.
In its decision An Bord Pleanála pointed out that the co-living units to be built in the old Player Will factory building will be twice the minimum size.
However local residents say they are “deeply disappointed” at the granting of permission and criticised the lack of transparency in the Strategic Housing Development process, which allows large scale planning applications to bypass local authorities and go straight to An Bord Pleanála.
It is understood that the height of the tower would contravene the Dublin City Council Development Plan but in granting permission the board pointed to the 2018 Apartment Guidelines which allows this.
The board also said the size and density of the development complies with the National Planning Framework which stipulates that 50% of residential development should be within urban areas.
The Player Wills site is adjacent to the Bailey Gibson site where Hines has already secured planning permission for 416 residential units.
The whole site is nine times the size of Croke Park and when combined with the regeneration of St Teresa’s Gardens and Phase 3 of the Hines development it will involve around 2,300 new homes with three towers around the size of Liberty Hall to the centre of the development.