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Plans for 3,500-home suburb at Glass Bottle site get the green light


How the Poolbeg West scheme will look when completed

How the Poolbeg West scheme will look when completed

How the Poolbeg West scheme will look when completed

The layout of a street network for a new Dublin suburb providing 3,500 homes near the mouth of the Liffey has been approved by Dublin City Council.

The local authority has granted planning permission for preliminary infrastructural works to facilitate the first phase of the development of the former Irish Glass Bottle site and a smaller adjoining property in Ringsend.

The receivers of Becbay and Fabrizia Developments will develop the basic infrastructure - including streets, public spaces and transportation and water services - of a new "city quarter" which will be known as Poolbeg West over a combined area of 15 hectares.

The main element of the project will be the development of a network of new roads including a tree-lined avenue to be called Central Boulevard, the main thoroughfare.

It will extend 425 metres between Sean Moore Road and a new coastal park which will be called The Promenade.

The landscaped street will accommodate vehicles including public transport as well as on-street parking and cycling facilities.


A large village green of almost one hectare will be located along Central Boulevard as well as a public square, while a dog park will be provided at one end of The Promenade. The preliminary works also provide for the temporary landscaping of a site for a new school.

Water and wastewater services will also be developed, as well as infrastructure for a range of utilities including a district heating system.

A joint plan prepared by Becbay and Fabrizia Developments said the co-ordinated approach of the planning scheme would address the transportation, services, recreational and community infrastructure requirements "to deliver a sustainable community".

The development has been welcomed by the Irish Glass Bottle Housing Action Group and the Sean Moore Road Residents' Association, although concern has been expressed about the potential impact of construction work.

There has been a call for the appointment of a "development czar" to oversee the overall management of the site and the establishment of a liaison committee.

It is estimated the construction phase will generate 198 extra vehicle trips daily on the local road network.

The National Transport Authority has welcomed the plan but called on the council to ensure a bus gate is created on Central Boulevard to prioritise bus movement in the area, and said that access to underground car parks should only be provided along side streets.

Council planners acknowledged that both the Irish Glass Bottle and Fabrizia sites were contaminated and would require remediation works.

The Irish Glass Bottle site was bought for €412m in 2006 but was valued at only €30m following the economic crash.