South Dublin County Council has approved Quintain’s plan for the construction of St. Helens III, in the townland of Finnstown, in Lucan – Co. Dublin. The approved scheme will feature 205 residential units
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Following the initial approval by An Bord Pleanála for the SHD RB Central in Sandyford Business District, Expert Eye Property Company Limited has successfully obtained permission for significant amendments under the new Large Residential Development (LRD) approach.
These changes are poised to not only retain the essence of the original design but also to enhance the project’s overall design and functionality.
RB Central is set to feature two architecturally distinct blocks organized around beautifully landscaped courtyards. These structures will vary in height, with some reaching up to fourteen storeys, together offering a total of 428 residential units. The revised unit mix now includes 19 studio apartments, 135 one-bedroom apartments, 249 two-bedroom apartments, and 25 three-bedroom apartments.
In addition to residential spaces, the approved development boasts a range of amenities, including a 486-square-meter crèche with dedicated outdoor play areas, a versatile multi-purpose space, laundry facilities, a community co-working area, an exercise area, and a variety of recreational zones distributed throughout the complex. The inclusion of communal open spaces further enriches the living experience for future residents.
Conveniently accessible via Blackthorn Drive and Carmanhall Road, and just 500 meters from the Stillorgan Luas stop, the site is well-connected by public transport. Future residents will also enjoy a diverse mix of commercial and retail amenities nearby, including supermarkets, furniture stores, kitchen & interior showrooms, and a pharmacy.
Elements such as electric vehicle charging points, ESB substations, waste management areas and green roofs, all underscore the developer’s commitment to sustainability.
3D Design Bureau played an important role in the amendment submission for the RB Central scheme, contributing significantly to securing approval for our client. By working with previously supplied models, our team created ‘Presentation Photomontages’ and ‘Architectural CGIs’. These visuals demonstrated to the local authority the RB Central project, encompassing both the initially permitted development and the proposed amendments.
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Strategic Housing Development (SHD) to Large Residential Development (LRD)
The SHD model, introduced in 2016, aimed to streamline the planning process for large-scale housing schemes. At the end of 2021, the framework transitioned to the LRD model, reintroducing a two-stage planning process. The decision-making for LRD applications had returned to local authorities, with the right to appeal to An Bord Pleanála.
The LRD model maintains a definition similar to the SHD: Developments of 100 housing units or more, or student accommodations of 200 bed spaces or more. A notable change under the LRD is the allowance of up to 30% of the gross floor space for non-residential uses, compared to the 15% cap under the SHD. Additionally, mixed developments combining housing and student accommodation are now classified as LRDs if they meet the threshold for either component.
Read our simple guide to the planning application process in Ireland to learn more about the topic.
Full Project Details:
Project Name: RB Central LRD
Project Type: Large Residential Development (LRD)
Site Location: RB Central, Rockbrook, Carmanhall Road, Sandyford Business District, Sandyford – Dublin 18, Co. Dublin
Stage: Plans Granted
Planning Documents: Planning Documents
Planning Authority: Dun-Laoghaire Rathdown County Council
Reference for Planning: LRD23A/0557
Promoter: The Comer Homes Group is renowned for its premium developments across Ireland.
Architects: O’Mahony Pike Architects is an architecture and urban design company, with offices in Dublin and Cork.
Landscape Consultants: Murray and Associates is a landscape architectural practice working on a wide variety of projects in urban, commercial, residential, historic and environmental contexts.
Planning Consultants: Genesis Planning Consultants is an independent planning consultancy based in Armagh, Northern Ireland.
CGI Consultants: 3D Design Bureau – are digital construction specialists, which offer premium level 3D services to the AEC industry, including high-quality 3D solutions for planning, marketing, BIM, and virtual tours. They are based in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin.
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