Fri, Jan 7, 2022
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A summary of the planning application for the Balnagowan House (Also known as Wendon or Bealnagown House) site on Saint Mobhi Boithirin can be found below.
Update 10 Feb 2022: It appears the applicant resubmitted the application on the 14th of January. The applicant did not update the site notice nor did they advertise the new application in the press. Last date for observations on this application is Thursday 17th Feb at 17:30
Update 11 Jan 2022: Cllr. Darcy Lonergan has confirmed that An Bord Pleanála have deemed this SHD application to be invalid. No reason was provided. It will be for the developer to resubmit this application should they wish at which point the public consultation process will start again.
Neasa will host an online meeting to discuss the application on the 14th Feb at 8pm. Register here to be sent an invite to that meeting.
The development comprises 112 residential units in 4 blocks (3 new blocks plus existing Balnagowan House)
Current mix of the 112 residential units is:
There will also be a residents' gym, communal open space (including children’s play area), and small (100sq.m) public open space.
Under Part V the development will set aside 11 units (6 one bed and 5 two bedroom units) for social housing. Dublin City Council will pay an estimated €5.2m for these units. All of the 9 units in block 1 and two units from block 3 will be allocated to DCC under Part V.
Balnagowan House itself (Block 4) will be converted into 4 x 2-bed apartments
The Dublin City Development Plan has a height limit of 16m for this area. The developer has prepared a Material Contravention Statement outlining why it feels the blocks at heights of 16.3m, 21.0m and 23.1m are appropriate.
Balnagowan House is a Protected Structure (ref: 8699 on the Record of Protected Structures). This does not prevent development of the structure but does require that any changes that would materially affect its character are approved through planning permission.
The site is zoned as “Sustainable Residential Neighbourhoods – Zone Z1” which intends “to protect, provide and improve residential amenities”.
The development will provide
At basement level
At surface level
Access will be via St. Mobhi Boithirin.
Full plans for the development can be found at balnagowanshd.ie. The last day for observations on this application is 17:30 on 7th Feb 2022. As the application was submitted over the holidays the normal observation period has been extended by 9 days. A guideline for making an observation can be found here.