Balark Trading GP Limited intends to apply for permission for a strategic housing development at this site of c. 0.35 hectares at Nos. 31-34 Abbey Street Upper, 42-51 Great Strand Street and bounded by Byrne’s Lane, Dublin 1.
The development (c.21,142sqm GFA) will consist of the construction of a Build to Rent residential development comprising 227 no. apartment units consisting of 17 no. studio units, 152 no. one bedroom units, and 58 no. two bedroom units. At ground floor level, 1 no. retail unit (1,526sqm) fronting onto Abbey Street Upper and 1 no. retail/café unit (131sqm) fronting onto Great Strand Street is proposed. The development is principally provided in 2 No. blocks separated by an internal landscaped courtyard at first floor level and connected at basement and ground floor levels.
Block A, located to the north of the site, extends to 12 storeys in total with setbacks provided at 9th, 10th and 11th floor levels. Block B, located to the south of the site, extends to a maximum of 12 storeys at the south western corner of the site with setbacks at 8th, 10th and 11th floor levels.
The development also provides for hard and soft landscaping including the provision of a landscaped public plaza at the south western portion of the site facilitating future access to Byrne’s Lane, a landscaped communal courtyard at first floor level, and landscaped communal
roof terraces at the 11th floor roof level of Block A and at 8th, 10th and 11 th floor roof levels of Block B. Private open space in the form of balconies and winter gardens are also proposed.
Pedestrian access to the development will be provided from Abbey Street Upper, Great Strand Street, the new public plaza and the laneway located at the east of the site, vehicular access will
be provided from Great Strand Street to accommodate service and maintenance access.
Additional proposed works include the provision of 2 No. ESB substations; residential amenity and support areas at basement and ground floor levels including building facility office, gym, laundry, co-working spaces, and social spaces; 400 No. cycle spaces (338 No. located internally at basement and ground floor levels and 62 No. provided externally); bin stores; public lighting; security gates; plant at basement, ground, first and roof levels including telecoms infrastructure at Block B roof level; site services; piped infrastructure and all other associated site excavation,
infrastructural and site development works above and below ground.
The application contains a statement setting out how the proposal will be consistent with the objectives of the Dublin City Council Development Plan 2016-2022. The application contains a statement indicating why permission should be granted for the proposed development, having regard to a consideration specified in section 37(2)(b) of the Planning and Development Act, 2000, as amended, notwithstanding that the proposed development materially contravenes a relevant development plan or local area plan other than in relation to the zoning of the land.
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