Green light for €4.6m Blackrock apartments after 50 third party objections

An Bord Pleanála overturned Dun-Laoghaire Rathdown County Council’s decision to refuse planning permission to Bartra Capital Property Limited for the construction of 26 apartments in Blackrock.

Alongside the local authority’s decision to refuse permission, there were also 50 third party objections against the 45 Woodlands Park scheme.

Dun-Laoghaire Rathdown County Council released a statement on their decision to refuse planning permission:

‘The proposal, by reason of its scale, height, form, massing and architectural expression is not considered to accord with Section 8.2.3.4(vii) of the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown-County Development Plan 2016-2022 in relation in infill development and in its current form fails to respect and compliment the established character of the area. In addition, the proposal, by reason its scale, height, massing and insufficient southern boundary setback, does not provide an appropriate transition in height to properties within the vicinity and will severely compromise the residential amenity of these properties by reasons of overlooking, overshadowing and by being overbearing. The proposed development would, therefore, be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area’. 

A first party appeal was submitted to An Bord Pleanála which outlined that the development will have no major, negative impact on the existing environment and neighbourhood. The appeal also included precedent cases of similar schemes in similar contexts that have been granted permission. The Bord decided to overturn the local authority’s decision and grant permission to Bartra Capital.

CGI consultants, 3D Design Bureau liaised with Cantrell and Crowley Architects to produce architectural CGIs and verified view montages from various viewpoints. The images were submitted along with the first party appeal to technically visualise the impact of the proposed scheme on the surrounding area.

Architectural CGI of entrance to 45 Woodlands Park, Blackrock - 3D Design Bureau.
Architectural CGI of entrance to 45 Woodlands Park, Blackrock – 3D Design Bureau.

Full project details:

Project name: €4.6m apartment development, Blackrock.

Planning stage: Planning granted

Planning documents: Dun-Laoghaire Rathdown – An Bord Pleanala

Ref no: D18A/0799

Floor area: 2885 m2

Site area: 0.29 hectares

Units: 26

Storeys: 5

Decision date: 18th July 2019

Architectural CGI of 45 Woodlands Park, Blackrock - 3D Design Bureau
Architectural CGI of 45 Woodlands Park, Blackrock – 3D Design Bureau

Development team

Developer – Bartra Capital Property Limited: is an investment management vehicle founded by successful property developer and entrepreneur Richard Barrett. Bartra is delivering high quality property solutions across all sectors of the property market including private residential, social housing, commercial real estate, nursing homes and renewable energy.

Architect – Cantrell And Crowley Architects: is an award-winning and multi-disciplinary practice. Cantrell & Crowley has expertise in hotel and hospitality, residential and commercial, sport and leisure design. They are based in Blackrock, Dublin.

Planning consultant – Thornton O’Connor Town Planning: is one of Ireland’s leading planning consultancies providing strategic, specialist and technical planning services to a wide range of clients. They are based in Dundrum, Dublin.

Consulting engineer – CS Consulting Group: are civil and structural engineering consultants, established in January 2012, with offices based in Dublin, Limerick and London.  Their group have a proven track record in providing a top quality engineering service throughout Ireland and UK.

CGI consultants – 3D Design Bureau: are specialists in Architectural Visualisation, BIM and VR – Delivering Quality Design Planning and Marketing Solutions. For this project, 3D Design Bureau created a series of verified view montages and architectural CGIs, all of which were used for marketing and planning purposes. They are based in Dublin, Ireland.

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