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Bartra backed for key Dublin housing development on public land

Words: Roger Milne
Dublin City Council Civic Offices / Yvonne M

Developer Bartra Capital Property Company has been named as Dublin City Council’s preferred bidder for the redevelopment of public land at O’Devaney Gardens in the capital’s Stoneybatter district with 769 new homes.

There were six candidates in the running.

In the case of this 5.76-hectare site near Dublin’s Phoenix Park there are restrictions on the social, affordable and private houses and flats to be delivered. No studio flats, shared or student accommodation will be involved.

A report by Dublin City Council deputy chief executive Brendan Kenny stressed that the council was not selling the site and was not “giving it away”, to Bartra Capital. However, the council would have to approve the phased transfer of land title to the developer.

As well as the housing, Bartra is committed to developing a community/cultural campus, a public park, a playground, a multi-use sports area, a crèche, smaller pocket parks and cycleways.

Kenny stressed that the project “represents a huge milestone in the drive to regenerate specific areas of the city as well as the provision of much-needed housing”.

A planning application for the scheme is expected to be submitted to An Bord Pleanála by the year’s end.

The company is also behind a controversial plan to build a co-living facility in Dún Laoghaire.

Image credit | Yvonne M