NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT – HALSTON STREET
Earlier this year, I advised you that the McVerry Trust would seek planning permission for the redevelopment of the site at 5, 6 & 7 Halston Street, directly opposite the former Special Criminal Court building. A briefing I attended in March advised that the redevelopment proposal contained 6x 1-bedroom apartments, 5x 2-bedroom apartments and one studio apartment. It is my understanding that while the McVerry Trust will submit a planning application and secure funding for the works, offers of accommodation will be made to those currently on Dublin City Council’s Housing List.
NEED FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
As Chairman of the #DublinCentral Area Committee, I have stressed the need to Dublin City Council Housing officials and representatives from the McVerry Trust that quality community engagement is a requirement of this project. Furthermore, I reiterated the need for a local consultation initiative to take place prior to any planning application being lodged with the Planning Department of the City Council. I am glad that both have taken this request on board.
INVITATION TO COMMUNITY CONSULTATION EVENT
Both Dublin City Council and McVerry Trust personnel will attend a Community Information Session on Tuesday, June 14th at 6pm in the MACRO Community Resource Centre.
The purpose of the Community Information Session is to enable you and your neighbours to view and discuss the current state of the design proposals for the redevelopment of the site and secure information about the indicative timeframe for the advancement of the project through the planning process.
SEEKING YOUR FEEDBACK
I also intend being at the Community Information Session on June 14th next but, in the meantime, I’d welcome your feedback and thoughts about the redevelopment, security around the site and what conditions should included in any planning permission, in the event an application is successful. Please share those views with me at RayMcAdam@gmail.com.
Fine Gael Councillor - North Inner City
Chair, Urban Form & Planning Strategic Policy Committee