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An Bord Pleanála to decide on plans for 483 new homes in Blackrock this October

An Bord Pleanála to decide on plans for 483 new homes in Blackrock this October

A decision on whether to grant permission for 483 new residential units in Blackrock will be made this October.

Last week Talk of the Town revealed that plans for the strategic housing development on lands off the Golf Links Road, close to Dundalk Golf Club and the R172, had been submitted to An Bord Pleanála by developers Kingsbridge Consultancy Ltd.

At the time the application was in pre-validation stage but has now been accepted by the board, who said they will decide on the case by October 16th.

The proposed lay-out of the new development

As well as 483 homes, a figure which is down two from that previously disclosed, Kingsbridge Consultancy Ltd are also seeking approval for a new 677sqm childcare facility on site and a new access junction and works at the Blackrock Road.

There would also be pedestrian and cyclist accesses onto Bóthar Maol, landscaped open spaces, internal roadways and potable, surface and foul water infrastructure.

The proposed residential element of 483 units comprises of 258 detached, semi-detached and terraced houses, 213 apartments in seven apartment blocks, and six own-door apartments and six duplex units in two duplex over apartment blocks. A total of 824 car parking spaces and 512 bicycle spaces are proposed also.

At the entrance to the site it is proposed to undertake the following works: remove the existing boundary wall and replace it with a low stone finished wall; provide a right turning lane from the R172 into the proposed access road; raise the level of a 158 metre segment of the roadway by an average of 395 mm and reconstruct the public footpaths to match; provide a raised pedestrian crossing across the access road; and to provide a recessed bus stop. The proposed access road has a carriageway width of six metres and incorporates a traffic calming narrowed area, grass verges, and off-road cycle path and footpath on the northern side. In total, four potential future vehicular access points are provided to adjoining residential zoned lands.

At the northeast of the site it is proposed to provide a surface water pipe along part of the Blackrock Road to an existing open channel, and to install a box culvert over part of this channel with a new headwall and riprap apron. The proposed storm water drainage system comprises 4 no. networks with interception storage and treatment of runoff within the SuDS features via. permeable paving, swales, filter drains, silt traps and oil separators, a storm water infiltration basin and two culverts to be located along existing drainage channels. The proposed foul water infrastructure includes the provision of a foul sewerage pumping station. The potable water infrastructure includes the provision of a new District Metered Area (DMA) watermain that will extend across the site. The site is served by a proposed hierarchy of roadways with footpaths.

This application is accompanied by an Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) and a Natura Impact Statement (NIS).

Submissions in relation to the development must be made within five weeks to An Bord Pleanála.

Further details on the application can be found at www.blackrockdundalk-shd.com

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