Cllr Victor Boyhan (Ind)

PLANS for the construction of 24 homes, lodged with Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council by O’Malley Homes and Developments Ltd on the old Proby Nurseries site at Blackrock, have been welcomed by a local politician, who sees the development as potentially providing construction jobs locally.

The planning application lodged with the council includes a mix of three-, four- and five-bedroom houses with landscaping at the Proby Square site.

If Ballsbridge developers, O’Malley Homes, are successful, the site will first have to be cleared of the disused nursery buildings and glasshouses currently standing there.

Blackrock councillor Victor Boyhan (Ind) said: “The reality is there had to be some development there. So, it’s not apartments, it’s not going to be very high-rise, and they’re spacious – very well landscaped.

“I’ve looked at the plans at the planning office, and they’re going to have a very high level of landscape and open space between them. So, look, it’s a nice development; it’s [at] a very prestigious location.

“Blackrock, it’s well serviced, and the houses in the immediate area would be up at that league and more.

“So it’s welcomed. There are going to be jobs and building and work,” he said.

“Most of them [houses] are going to be three-storey, and they’re going to have three to five bedrooms.

“Something’s going to happen to the site – it’s zoned [as] residential, anyway – so it’s not a conflict of zoning, and while some residents may be disappointed, the reality is, it is not and could not remain a derelict site with broken-down glasshouses and bits and pieces.

“On one hand, the people in the cul-de-sac on Proby Square and all that district have had a ‘nice’ little abandoned place to the back of them, but it’s [Proby Square development] coming through, and they’ve got commission now and I think it has to be welcomed,” said Cllr Boyhan.

Cllr Niamh Bhreathnach (Lab) said: “This is worth looking at as the future could well see a lot more development in Blackrock, especially around Temple Hill.

“The main questions I would have revolve around three things that could encroach on the life of Blackrock.

“They are that the skyline should remain suburban, that the water supply be looked at, and the traffic management all be sympathetic to the area.

“Also, if the houses are to be family homes, we need to look at the school population in the area.”

The offices of O’Malley Homes and Developments are closed until August and, therefore, they were unavailable for comment.

Plans for the new development are currently available for public inspection at the Planning Office at County Hall.