Carey Construction are progressing work at pace on the first tranche of housing, 56 units to the northeast of the site.
Due to unforeseen delays as a result of Covid-19 restrictions, it is now hoped that these will be completed by Quarter 1 2021. The preferred bidder, BARTRA, has now been appointed as the Economic Operator (Developer) for the project. Bartra has to apply for planning permission for the project within six months of the date of signing the Development Agreement (6/12/2019). This has now been delayed as a result of Covid – 19.
This will be a direct application to An Bord Pleanála under the Strategic Housing Development programme. Under normal circumstances, a planning application should take up to 12 to 16 weeks for a decision, however this can vary considerably, depending on the quantity and nature of extra information required by the Planning Authority, objections and other potential challenges to the application. In any case, the Preferred Bidder has one month after the granting of permission to mobilise on site and a further 4 years to finish out the project.
A specialised crew from Dublin City Council undertook extensive works to clean up around the entire O’Devaney Area over a period of two weekends in August. All rubbish was removed from the site, all weeds were sprayed and removed and overgrowing bushes causing an obstruction were cut back from the public pathway. Extensive grass cutting and strimming was also carried out in Montpelier Gardens and Drive as well as the boundary areas to the rear of the North Circular Road.
Fine Gael Councillor - North Inner City
Chair, Urban Form & Planning Strategic Policy Committee