Wednesday 22 May 2019

Permission for 3,500 new homes in Poolbeg West development

High ambition: Developer Harry Crosbie wants to build a major tourist attraction at the Poolbeg site
High ambition: Developer Harry Crosbie wants to build a major tourist attraction at the Poolbeg site
Laura Lynott

Laura Lynott

Planning permission has been granted for 3,500 homes at Poolbeg, with a quarter to be allocated for social and affordable housing.

The move means that 875 social and affordable homes will become available to families and workers who are currently squeezed out of Dublin's expensive housing market.

The development, named Poolbeg West, will be situated at the old Irish Glass Bottle site and a smaller area, the Fabriza site, together sitting on 15 hectares.

An Bord Pleanála signed off the housing proposals.

It stated that the plans "allow for the creation of an attractive urban quarter" where there will be "adequate leisure, community, educational, commercial facilities and public realms for future residents".

Residents in Irishtown and Ringsend had been complaining that they have been priced out of the property market due to the presence of IT giants that are based at Grand Canal Dock.

The decision also allocates for the creation of at least 40 artists studios and for a district heating scheme using energy from the nearby Poolbeg incinerator.

The Department of Housing will have to agree with the receivers of the south city site, Deloitte, the funding for the additional 15pc social and affordable housing.

The application was made as a Strategic Development Zone (SDZ), which involves a detailed masterplan for the whole site.

Any individual planning application that complies with the plan should quickly be able to secure planning permission.

Irish Independent

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