Friday 9 December 2016

Developer Greg Kavanagh plans housing on south Dublin monastery site

Published 06/07/2016 | 02:30

Oatlands College in Stillorgan, Dublin
Oatlands College in Stillorgan, Dublin
Developer Greg Kavanagh

A COMPANY controlled by developer Greg Kavanagh is seeking to demolish a former monastery building in south Dublin and build 63 houses on the site.

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Mr Kavanagh's Balark Investments, which has just won a legal dispute with a Johnny Ronan company in relation to a separate site, has applied for the planning permission.

It wants permission to level the large 2,000 sq m building to the rear of Oatlands College, a Christian Brother school that's been on the go in Mount Merrion since 1956. Its past pupils include 'Father Ted' star, the late Dermot Morgan and Fianna Fáil TD Eamon O'Cuiv.

The plan by Balark Investments has already drawn fire from locals. The project will also require the demolition of a house adjacent to the site in order to provide access.

Balark intends to build nine houses, 24 duplex units, and 30 apartments in two blocks.

Last week, Balark Investments won the first round of a legal battle against Mr Ronan's Chambury vehicle.

The row revolved around leases at a property in Dublin's docklands.

Balark wants to develop a site where Chambury owns a number of strips of land. However, the acrimonious legal battle between the pair looks set to continue.

Mr Kavanagh's Crekav property group has also just applied for planning permission to build a six-storey, mixed use development on a prime Dublin city centre site off Pearse Street.

Mr Kavanagh aims to demolish the An Post depot at Cardiff Lane. The postal firm sold the 2.3-acre site last year, and it had a face value of €45m. As part of the deal, the buyer had to relocate the sorting office to a similarly-sized site within about a 2km radius.

Mr Kavanagh's Crekav Landbank Investments plans to level the An Post site and embark on a commercial, retail and residential development in two blocks. The residential element will include 47 apartments.

But Crekav Landbank Investments has been refused permission by An Bord Pleanála to build 15 houses in Shankill in the south of the city, while the body has also denied it permission to build nine homes at an upmarket address in Howth, on the northside.

The company has also recently been denied permission by An Bord Pleanala to build 130 apartments in Kilmacud in Dublin.

Irish Independent

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