Ballymore insists high-end home plan is of 'national importance'
SEAN Mulryan's Ballymore property group has told An Bord Pleanala that plans for 142 housing units at a site at Malahide on Dublin's northside are of "strategic and national importance" due to the housing shortage.
It has been previously estimated by estate agent Cushman & Wakefield that houses with an average floor area of 1,930 sq ft on the Seamount Malahide site could sell for between €750,000 and €1m.
Ballymore wants to materially contravene the local development plan by building more units per hectare than that plan would permit.
New national policies have been implemented since the development plan came into force.
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"These new national and regional policies take precedence over local authorities' development plans and place an emphasis on compact urban growth," planners for Ballymore have told An Bord Pleanala in a planning submission for the proposed development. The board can permit material contraventions of local plans.
"The significant shortfall in housing output to address current and projected demand is a national problem, with lack of housing in metropolitan Dublin and elsewhere having social and economic ramifications for sustainable national growth," Ballymore's planners said.
"We would therefore submit that the proposed development is of strategic and national importance."