Dalkey residents react over redevelopment plans at old tram yard

by Rebecca Ryan

Dalkey residents have largely welcomed the proposed re-development of the old tramyard located just off the town’s main street.

Involved in the plans to redevelop the historic tramyard include a 120-seat theatre, shops, a restaurant, café/bar, a gym and offices.

Green Party councillor, Ossian Smyth told Dublin Gazette: “This development could provide space in the heart of the town for local community events like the Lobster Festival and the Book Festival.

“It’s great that the character of the tramyards will be kept, and I’d see it as creating an atmosphere similar to the Camden market.

“I would hope that the rooftop garden is open to the public as a green area in Dalkey for locals to eat a picnic.

“I’m happy that no car parking is being provided on-site, so it won’t be generating congestion. The offices would be a more social alternative to working from home,” he said.

However, residents of the nearby White’s Villas are reportedly planning on submitting an objection to the plans, due to the height of the project.

“Residents of White’s Villas and the staff of the Harold Boys School will be concerned about overlooking, and now have a chance to make their observations known to the planning authority,” says Cllr Smyth.

Online, locals were expressing those concerns. One wrote: “All great if you don’t live in Whites Villas behind that huge wall.”

Another commented: “It looks great, but too tall for the surrounding residents. Also blocks the beautiful view of Killiney hill from the villas.”

The 0.58-acre site on the old tramline is in the heart of Dalkey village and comprises of four tram sheds.

The site was purchased last year for a reported €3m after plans to construct 20 apartments were shelved when the recession hit.

Although rumours circulated that U2 frontman, Bono was interested in purchasing the land, it is understood he was not involved in its purchase.

Some positive reactions online read: “The town needs something to make it more interesting. [I] like the direction this is going in. [It] will for sure bring more people in, and also locals will have more to do in the day and evening,” one wrote.

While another wrote: “Sounds fantastic! Exactly what the space should be used for!”

Closing date for planning observations is January 14, 2020.

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