31 Mar 2022 An Bord Pleanala grant permission for the proposed development under the condition that two storeys be removed from two five storey blocks.

The proposed development will consist of a strategic housing development of 399 no. ‘Build To Rent’ residential units and all ancillary and associated uses, development and works, and a retail unit of 120 sq m, on a site of 1.08 ha. The proposed development consists of:

• Site clearance and localised demolitions to remove part of the podium and Basement Level -1 reinforced concrete slabs at the interface of the proposed Blocks A and B, together with the incorporation of part of the existing double basement level structure extending to approximately 7,613 sq.m over two levels (excluding an area of 3,318 sq.m that will be backfilled at Basement Level -1) within the proposed development.

• The construction of 5 no. buildings (Blocks A to E) ranging in height between 3- to 18-storeys over double basement level / podium level to provide a residential / mixed use development to provide 399 Specific BTR (Build to Rent) units with a total gross floor area of 29,391 sq.m, comprising 46 no. studios, 250 no. one bedroom units, and 103 no. 2 bedroom units; internal communal ancillary residential services / amenities to include a shared coworking area / lounge (178 sq.m) and gym (102 sq.m) at lower ground floor level, and lounges on either side of a residential foyer at ground floor / podium level within Block A (196 sq.m), and a TV Room / lounge (57 sq.m) at ground floor / podium level within Block C.
• An independent retail unit (120 sq.m) is proposed at ground floor / podium level within Block B.

• A double basement is provided that will be integrated within the existing basement levels serving the wider HSQ development and will be accessed from the existing vehicular ramped accesses/egresses onto/off St. John’s Road West and Military Road to the north and east, respectively. Basement level -1 provides: a refuse store; 80 no. car parking spaces (including 4 no. disabled spaces and 8 car club spaces); 4 no. motorcycle parking spaces; and, secure bicycle parking / storage in the form of 252 no. double stacked cycle parking spaces providing capacity for 504 no. stored bicycles, (502 no. for the use of residents of the scheme and 2 no. for use in connection with the retail unit). An additional 49 no. Sheffield type bicycle stands are provided at basement level -1 to provide 98 no. visitor cycle spaces and a further 52 no. Sheffield type bicycle stands are provided at podium level to provide 104 no. visitor cycle parking spaces. All bicycle parking spaces at basement level is accessed via a dedicated cycle lift from podium to basement level -1 that is situated to the south of Block B.

• Works proposed along the St John’s Road West frontage include the
omission of the existing left-turn filter lane to the vehicular ramped access to the HSQ development and re-configuration of the pedestrian crossings at the existing junction together with the re-configuration of the existing pedestrian crossing over the westbound lanes of St. John’s Road West leading to an existing pedestrian refuge island. Re-alignment of the existing footpath along the site frontage onto St John’s Road West to tie into the reconfigured junction arrangement and provision of a link to a new lift to provide wheelchair access from St John’s Road West to the HSQ podium.

• Communal Outdoor Amenity space is provided for residents in the form of rooftop terraces (totalling 1,179sqm), and lower-level communal courtyards between blocks (totalling 960sqm).
• Hard and soft landscaping works are proposed at podium level which
includes the extension and completion of the public plaza to the east of Block A; the provision of footpaths; a MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) and informal play areas for children (totalling 1,670sqm).

• A double ESB substation/switch room at ground / podium level within Block A, and a single substation/switch room at ground / podium level within Block B together with associated site development works, which includes the infilling / closure of an existing vehicular access ramp at the southern end of the site between basement levels -1 and -2 and the infilling / closure of a second vehicular access ramp between the subject site at basement level – 1 and the raised basement level -1 under the Telford building.

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