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Midsal Homes Limited has received conditional approval from An Bord Pleanála for a strategic housing development at Sandyford Road, Dublin 18. The development will involve the demolition of dwellings known as ‘Karuna’ and ‘Glenina’, to make way for a new 116-unit residential scheme.
The approved development, currently subject to JR proceedings, will offer a range of 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom apartments. Originally, the proposal included 137 units, but this number was reduced “in the interests of residential and visual amenities”. The original design featured four apartment blocks, with two of them planned to reach six storeys. However, following a directive from the appeals board, these two taller blocks have been modified to reduce their height by one storey each.
A wide array of facilities and amenities will complement the future living experience. This includes spacious internal communal areas, commercial units, and a large crèche.
Numerous car parking spaces and bicycle parking facilities are also outlined in the approved plans. Additionally, proposed enhancements along Sandyford Road are set to greatly improve the accessibility of the area, with the introduction of new pedestrian and bicycle pathways.
This development was originally submitted in early 2022, operating under the Strategic Housing Development (SHD) model. This has now been transitioned to the Large Residential Development (LRD) framework. Read our simple guide to the planning application process in Ireland to learn more about the topic.
3D Design Bureau were appointed to produce architectural computer-generated images, verified view montages, and a comprehensive daylight and sunlight assessment, along with an accompanying shadow study, which were submitted as part of the successful planning application.
By undertaking the daylight and sunlight analysis, following best practice under the BRE guidelines, we were able to present to local authorities the potential impact of the SHD on Sandyford Road, Dublin 18, on its surrounding properties and environment. Our assessment and report found that the scheme would not have an overall significant impact.
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Number of approvals increasing in Ireland…
The recently approved project by Midsal Homes Limited is set to significantly enhance the local area and address the urgent housing needs in the region. This development is anticipated to play a crucial role in elevating the living standards of the community and making a positive impact on the local housing market.
The outlook for housing development is increasingly optimistic. Recent statistics from the Central Statistics Office indicate a substantial growth in housing approvals, with an annual increase of over 43% in the total number of dwelling units approved in Quarter 3 (Q3) of 2023 – 9,662 units compared to 6,743 units in Q3 of 2022.
In Dublin alone, there were 3,077 apartment approvals in this year’s third quarter. Notably, within Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, the local authority responsible for the scheme featured in this project news, approved 438 apartment units.
Full Project Details:
Project Name: €20m – Sandyford Road SHD
Project Type: Strategic Housing Development
Site Location: ‘Karuna’ and ‘Glenina’, Sandyford Road, Dublin 18, Co. Dublin
Stage: Plans Granted
Planning Documents: Planning Documents
Planning Authority: Dun-Laoghaire Rathdown County Council
Reference for Planning: ABPREF313443
Promoter: Midsal Homes Limited
Architect: Horan Rainsford Architects provides expertise in a variety of services including interior design, feasibility studies and urban planning.
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.
Mech & Elec Engineer: Renaissance Engineering provides technical, mechanical and electrical engineering expertise to the Residential, Commercial, Retail, Healthcare and Biopharmaceutical Industries.
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