Monday 20 August 2018

Cotter gets go-ahead for major home plan

Developer Michael Cotter
Developer Michael Cotter
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

An Bord Pleanála has given a firm owned by developer Michael Cotter permission to build almost 1,000 homes at a site on Dublin's southside.

Mr Cotter's Viscount Securities firm made the planning application director to An Bord Pleanála as a strategic housing development.

Viscount's original application for the Clay Farm lands in Leopardstown was turned down by An Bord Pleanála last January because the developer didn't provide sufficient information in relation to the management of storm water in the area, which is prone to flooding.

The decision to refuse permission for the development at the time was decided by a casting vote from the board's chairperson.

However, the planning watchdog has approved the scheme this time around.

"The proposed development is acceptable in principle with regard to national and local planning policy," An Bord Pleanála noted.

The project will include 355 houses and 572 apartments, which the watchdog added "will contribute to the delivery of national housing targets".

The apartments at the scheme will be situated in 17 blocks, ranging in heights from three to six storeys.

The project is located within a corridor served by the Luas green line.

Mr Cotter's Park Developments has been active for almost 40 years.

The firm exited Nama this summer after repaying its loans.

Irish Independent

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