Global investment firm Hines is submitting a slimmed-down alternative planning application for the Bailey Gibson section of its large residential development on Dublin 8’s South Circular Road.
In its most recent accelerated planning application at An Bord Pleanála, Hines is now seeking approval to build 345 residential units. Up to 15 or 52 of these will be ready-to-sell units to meet homebuyer pent-up demand.
The move comes after its previous plans for the site were referred to the European Court of Justice in May 2021 in a case delaying development.
In his application, Hines is seeking permission to construct the homes in five buildings, as well as a new outdoor playground, a public park and playground, a new boulevard and public plaza, and additional community facilities.
The previous application referred to 416 apartments, 71 more than the last, in buildings ranging in height from two to 16 stories, and all of these units are build-to-rent units. In contrast, the latest proposal will be lower, as it will range in height from two to seven stories.
The allocation of 10 percent social housing remains the same.
Sources do point out, however, that Hines hasn’t given up on plans for the larger development, but given the time it could take to process judicial review of those plans in the European Court of Justice, it could get faster approval for these latest plans and thus move faster.
Hines is believed to realize that this latest request could also be challenged and delayed for an extended period of time.
So if the European Court of Justice gives the all-clear for the bigger plans sooner, the developer is expected to go ahead with those bigger plans instead.
His decision will be based on meeting his investment commitments and the need to deliver much-needed new homes.
These larger plans were referred to Europe by Supreme Court Justice Richard Humphreys for clarification on three aspects of compliance with EU law.
He ruled on a judicial review brought by residents against An Bord Pleanála’s consent to Hines’ broader application and dismissed the residents’ challenge under Irish law.
The Bailey Gibson site is part of a larger urban renewal project that also includes the long-vacant former Player Wills cigarette factory, where Hines plans to build an additional 732 units.
In addition, the land development agency is also planning its donor program for social and affordable housing on adjacent properties.
Hines’ latest plans include a range of tenant amenities such as a gym, community space, entertainment spaces, resident lounges, community gardens and a 347 sqm childcare facility, as well as an outdoor space intended to serve both the immediate and wider community.
2,524 m² of common open spaces in the form of various residents’ courtyards and terraces are planned as leisure facilities for the tenants.
Significant new public open space initiatives include a full-size 12,344 m² multipurpose outdoor playground, not included in previous plans, and 485 m² of commercial space earmarked for neighborhood retail, cafes and restaurants.
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