Last week, An Bord Pleanála determined that planning permission be granted for the demolition of the existing Park Shopping Centre along Prussia Street in Stoneybatter and for the construction of a mixed residential development including Build to Rent apartments and student accommodation.
The decision made by the Board includes 34 separate planning conditions that must be adhered to for the redevelopment project to be advanced. These specific conditions include some of the following:
- A reduction in height by one floor for ‘the southernmost section’ of the redevelopment,
- The Student Accommodation bedspaces may not be used for other uses unless planning permission is sought and granted ‘for change of use’.
- Before any ground floor commercial spaces operate, their ‘exact use and opening hours’ will be agreed with Dublin City Council,
- A Mobility Management Plan will be submitted to and agreed with Dublin City Council,
- A minimum of 10% of all car-parking spaces to include electric vehicle charging provision,
- Restricted deliveries using southern service access road,
- Greening measures to be agreed in advance of works beginning on site,
- The Construction Waste and Demolition Management Plan must be ‘submitted to, and agreed in writing with’ Dublin City Council prior to any developments working starting,
- The lodgement of a Construction Management Plan to be agreed with Dublin City Council in advance of works beginning that complies with 15 specific requirements of the Board,
- On-site works will be permitted between 7am and 7pm, Monday – Saturday.
In reaching this decision, An Bord Pleanála constitutes ‘an acceptable development’ and ‘would be acceptable in terms of urban design, height and quantum of development’. The Board also published its justification for granting planning permission for this development, despite it being in material contravention of the Dublin City Development Plan 2016 – 2022. An Bord Pleanála noted that this development;
- ‘delivers on the Government’s policy to increase delivery of housing’ and,
- ‘in terms of height is in accordance with national policy as set out in the National Planning Framework’.
The Order made by An Bord Pleanála and the Direction incorporating the 34 specific planning conditions is not yet available online but if you would like a copy, please email me at RayMcAdam@gmail.com and I’ll drop a copy to you. Furthermore, if you have any specific questions or queries about the decision of An Bord Pleanála with regards to the Park Shopping Centre redevelopment planning permission, drop me an email and I’ll endeavour to answer those enquiries.
Fine Gael Councillor - North Inner City
Leader, Fine Gael, Dublin City Council
Chair, Urban Form & Planning Strategic Policy Committee