Green light for €475m DIT Kevin Street mixed use redevelopment

Project will include offices and build-to-rent apartments

An impression of how the development would look. An Bord Pleanála concluded that the scheme “would not seriously injure the residential or visual amenities of the area”.

Plans to construct a €475 million redevelopment of DIT’s former Kevin Street Campus in Dublin have secured the green light.

An Bord Pleanála granted a 10-year planning permission to Shane Whelan's Westridge Real Estate for the development of 53,110 sq ft of office accommodation in two 11-storey blocks alongside 299 build-to-rent apartments across three buildings of up to 14 storeys in height.

Westridge acquired the 3.57-acre site for €140 million in August 2019 and a report lodged with the plans by EY estimates that the total output that the redevelopment will generate over 10 years is €7.67 billion.

Dublin City Council granted planning permission for the scheme last year but the decision was appealed by eight parties – the Residents of Camden Row; Kevin Street Apartment CLG; New Bride St Residents Group; Ruairi O Cuiv and Jennifer Traynor; Gerard Doyle, Bernie Devlin and others; Chevron Nolan, Essam Bishara and Eilis Brennan.

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In its decision, the appeals board ordered the removal of one floor from the proposed five-storey Block C.

The board concluded that the scheme “would not seriously injure the residential or visual amenities of the area”.

The board granted planning permission after the inspector in the case said the principle of the mixed use scheme is acceptable and appropriate for this brownfield city site.

Ivana Bacik

Recently elected TD, Ivana Bacik lodged an observation to An Bord Pleanála with party colleagues in support of the local residents' appeals.

A senator at the time of lodging the observation, the Labour Party deputy told the appeals board that the planned scheme “is over-scaled and over-massed”.

The observation also stated that “we remain concerned that this proposed development will have a deleterious effect on the quality of life for residents in the locality”.

Former Environment Editor with The Irish Times, Frank McDonald also lodged an observation in support of the objectors’ views.

Gordon Deegan

Gordon Deegan

Gordon Deegan is a contributor to The Irish Times