Dundrum development group lodges plans for 109 apartments

by Gary Ibbotson

Dundrum Retail Limited Partnership have requested planning permission from An Bord Pleanala for the construction of 109 apartments in Dundrum.

The case is currently in the consultation phase.

The company is a subsidiary of Hammerson, the co-owner and management company of Dundrum Town Centre. Allianz Insurance also have a stake in the shopping centre.

According to the application filed with ABP, the site is located at Building 5 of the Town Centre, across the road from Herbert Hill.

The application is currently in the consultation process and also includes the development of “cafes and associated works.”

The proposal was submitted as a Strategic Housing Development and thus, bypasses initial local delegation.

Sinn Fein councillor for the Dundrum area, Sorcha Nic Cormaic says that she hasn’t received any feedback from residents so far.

“It does seem to me to be a suitable site, well facilitated by public transport and amenities, and anything to alleviate the housing crisis should be cautiously welcomed,” she says.

“However, I would be much more supportive of Council-driven developments that would be used for social and affordable housing – that is the only long-term solution to the housing crisis.

“Whereas additional housing is to be welcomed, I am disappointed to see that it is yet another application in the area for a development that consists of 100% apartments,” says Fianna Fail councillor, Shay Brennan.

“The Dundrum area has become very apartment centric over the last decade.

“We need to encourage a better mix of accommodation type, particularly 3 and 4 bed family homes which would enable people that have grown up in the area to raise their families in the area.”

However, Fine Gael councillor Pat Hand says that concerns have been raised by locals.

“Residents are very concerned regarding this planning proposal as regarding overall height, traffic, parking and it will cause complete traffic chaos in this area.”

As the application is only in the consultation stage, further details of the development have yet to be revealed. A decision on the case is due to be made by June 27.

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