Planning permission sought for new town between Shankill and Bray

by Rebecca Ryan

Planning permission is being sought for the first phase of a new town between Shankill and Bray.

Councillor Ossian Smyth (GP) said a lot of work has been done in the past five years to get it to this point.

In a tweet he said: “There are two pieces of land – one privately owned and one owned by the council. This application is for a portion of the private land.

“The developer has applied to build 685 apartments and houses. The remainder of the private site is planned for another 717 homes. 10% of the private apartments must be offered to the council at cost for social housing.

“The council aims to apply for permission for 605 homes on its own site next month. This is planned to be 100% social and affordable housing, with cost-rental and affordable purchase as part of the mix.

“If permission is granted, the private site could be permitted in the Spring, and the council site in Summer 2020. Construction would start at the end of the year and complete 3 years later.”

Cllr Smyth told Dublin Gazette that the proposed town would cater for more than 5,000 people and there would be a new DART station.

“The idea is to plan and build a new town for more than 5,000 people. There will be a new DART station and it will be 5 minutes by bike from Shankill village or Bray.

“It’s next to the amenities of Shanganagh Park which has a new masterplan.

“A third of the land belongs to the council and will be used for 100% social and affordable housing, while the rest is privately owned.”

Cllr Denis O’Callaghan (LAB) said he will be looking “closely” at the planning application for 685 houses at Woodbrook, Shankill.

“I object strongly that this application, by going directly to ABP, will exclude to a degree the extensive knowledge and experience of the Councils Planners, needed for a project which is going to significantly change the landscape and environs of Shankill into the future.”

Cllr Jim Gildea (FG) replied on twitter: “It will be built on the green fields between Shankill and Bray north. So much for protecting the green belt between DLR and Wicklow. Shankill village will be swamped and Loughlinstown roundabout will be a car park.

“Housing is needed in this area. It’s a matter of how it’s provided. Sadly, the M11/N11 upgrade is a long way off.”

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council told Dublin Gazette that a copy of the application is available for public inspection.

“An application has been submitted to An Bord Pleanála on 6th November 2019 in respect of the proposed Strategic Housing Development at lands at Townland of Cork Little & Shanganagh, Woodbrook, Shankill, Co. Dublin.

“A copy of the application is available for public inspection at the Planning Counter, County Hall, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Monday to Friday from 10.00 AM to 4.00 PM, and at the offices of An Bord Pleanala, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1 during normal office hours, and at www.woodbrook1shd.com

“The last date for submissions/observations is 10th December 2019.”

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