The investment company is seeking to build 345 units, 71 fewer than the previous plans which have been referred to the European Court of Justice
Global investment firm Hines is submitting a trimmed down alternative planning application for the Bailey Gibson section of its major housing site on South Circular Road in Dublin 8.
In its latest fast-track planning application to An Bord Pleanála, Hines is now seeking permission for the construction of 345 residential units. As many as 15pc, or 52 of them, will be build-to-sell units to meet the pent-up demand from home buyers.
The move comes after its previous plans for the site were referred to the European Court of Justice in May 2021 in a process that is delaying the development.
In its application, Hines is seeking permission for the construction of the homes across five buildings, as well as a new outdoor playing pitch, a public park and playground, a new boulevard and public plaza and ancillary community facilities.
The previous application was for 416 dwellings, 71 more than the latest one, in buildings which would range in height from two to 16 storeys, and all of those are build-to-rent units. In contrast, the latest proposal will be lower as it will range in height from two to seven storeys.
The 10pc social housing allocation will remain the same.
However, sources indicate Hines has not abandoned plans for the larger development but given the time that it could take to process the judicial review of those plans in the European Court, it may achieve a speedier approval for these latest plans and thus proceed more quickly.
It is believed Hines recognises this latest application could also be challenged and delayed for a lengthy period.
So if the European Court gives an earlier all-clear on the larger plans, then it is expected the developer will proceed with those larger plans instead.
Its decision will be based on compliance with its investment responsibilities and the need to deliver badly needed new housing.
Those larger plans were referred to Europe by the High Court’s Mr Justice Richard Humphreys for clarification on three aspects of compliance with EU laws.
He was deciding on a judicial review brought by local residents against An Bord Pleanála’s approval of Hines’ larger application and he rejected the challenge brought by the residents under Irish law.
The Bailey Gibson site is part of a larger urban renewal project which also includes the long-vacant former Player Wills cigarette factory where Hines is planning to develop a further 732 units.
In addition, the Land Development Agency is also planning its Donore social and affordable housing scheme on adjoining lands.
Hines’ latest plans include a number of tenant amenities such as a gymnasium, co-working space, entertainment rooms, residents’ lounges, communal gardens and a 347 sqm childcare facility and external area to serve both the immediate and wider community.
Tenant recreational facilities will include 2,524 sqm of communal open space in the form of various resident courtyards and terraces.
Significant new public open space initiatives include a full size 12,344 sqm multi-purpose outdoor playing pitch which is not in the previous plans and 485 sqm of commercial floorspace which will be allocated for neighbourhood retail, cafés and restaurants.