Wednesday 23 January 2019

Developer praises fast-track planning scheme as 420 homes get the green light in Dublin


Developer Pat Crean
Developer Pat Crean
Ronald Quinlan

Ronald Quinlan

Developer Pat Crean's Marlet Property Group has been given the go-ahead by An Bord Pleanala for 420 homes on the site of CIE's former lands on Carnlough Road in Dublin's Cabra area.

The permission, which was granted last Thursday, is one of the largest given to date under the terms of the Strategic Housing Development (SHD) scheme. The system, signed into law by Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy last June, allows developers seeking permission for large-scale residential schemes of 100 housing units or more to bypass local authorities, and apply directly to An Bord Pleanala.

While this fast-track system of planning experienced teething problems initially, with a number of applications being declared invalid as a result of a failure on the part of developers to comply fully with the guidelines for the paperwork required for SHDs, it now appears to be running efficiently.

In the case of Marlet's application to build on the Cabra site, An Bord Pleanala completed its deliberations and issued its decision in just 14 weeks - two weeks ahead of the 16-week time frame allowed for the under the fast-track scheme.

Welcoming the decision and the speed at which it had been delivered, Marlet CEO Crean said: "The efficiency of the fast-track planning process has been shown in the manner in which this application has been processed by An Bord Pleanala, and it comes thanks to the steps taken by Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy to address the housing crisis." He added: "Dublin City Council's role in the process during the pre-application meetings certainly supported the seamless nature of the SHD process."

The Cabra development forms just one element within Marlet's 'Dublin Living' scheme - Ireland's largest ever Private Rented Sector (PRS) public offering comprising 1,170 units across the capital on sites which it owns in conjunction with its finance partner, the international asset manager, M&G Investments. The 'Dublin Living' portfolio also includes sites at Mount Argus and St Clare's in Harold's Cross and at Bluebell.

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