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More than 1,000 new homes proposed for Donnybrook and Dublin 8

Words: Roger Milne
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Cairn Homes has confirmed fast-track proposals to build 611 apartments, three town houses, a creche, cafes and other amenities on land at Montrose in Ireland’s upmarket Donnybrook suburb.

In a separate but related move, US property company Hines is forging ahead with its own fast-track housing development earmarked for a derelict former industrial yard in Dublin 8.

Hines and Dutch joint venture partners, APG Asset Management APG, have lodged an application with An Bord Pleanála for 416 new homes, mainly flats, 10 per cent of which will be social units at the former Bailey Gibson yard off the South Circular Road.

Proposed communal areas - which will include residents lounges, a gym and co-working spaces - have been re-specified to allow for the integration of social distancing measures in the wake of the pandemic.

A dedicated 387 square metre commercial zone is part of the scheme. It will accommodate a choice of restaurants, café or bars, as well as shops, health facilities, community and arts spaces, a bingo hall, and office space. 

While the development will prioritise pedestrians and cyclists in terms of access, there is a provision for 106 car and 12 motorcycle parking spaces.

Around 10 per cent of the car parking spaces will be fitted with electric charging points. A total of 543 long-stay and 84 short-stay bicycle parking spaces will be provided within the scheme.

Together with the neighbouring former Player Wills cigarette factory, also being developed by Hines, and a neighbouring site owned by Dublin City Council, the overall connected developments will total around 2,000 residential units in blocks ranging from two storeys to 22 storeys. 

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