Sunday 22 October 2017

Stardust site gets green light for development

Donal Buckley

Bord Pleanala has given the green light for a major mixed-use development at the Butterly Business Park at Kilmore Road, Artane, Dublin 5. The developer, Patrick Butterly & Sons Ltd has been given a 10 year permission for the project based on plans for 13,396 sq m of offices and employment generating units, 1,158 sq m of retail space, a 1,070 sq m medical centre, a pharmacy, crèche, hotel, and a 689 sq m community facility. The planning application also included 135 apartments, 26 duplexes and 17 four bedroom houses.

A spokesperson for the developer welcomed the decision, and added that the Bord's conditions are being reviewed in advance of submitting the necessary pre-development information to the planning authority.

A memorial plaza will commemorate those who died in the fire at the former Stardust night club on the site.

Bord Pleanala's inspector had recommended that these latest plans, which had previously been approved by Dublin City Council, should be refused in the belief that the development would undermine the employment potential of the site, would result in over development of the site and would add to traffic congestion.

However the Bord said that its conditions and plan revisions addressed the key concerns including the traffic congestion which would be reduced by the use of two access points. The Bord has curtailed the density by both omitting Block C1 and the two storey element of the hotel block parallel to Newlands Court. This will reduce the number of flats by 18 and also reduce the number of hotel bedrooms from 81. Ranging in height from two to six storeys, the project is to be built in nine blocks and include a basement car park.

Currently the Butterly Business Park accommodates 77 commecial units ranging from 100 to 3,000 sq m, and all but 11 of those are occupied. Agents Turley & Associates are quoting €8 per sq ft for space.

Meanwhile the discount retailer Lidl is awaiting a Bord Pleanala decision on its application for a new store on a site at the business park.

Irish Independent

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