Dundrum apartment plans need more consideration – appeals board

Hammerson, owner of Dundrum Town Centre, seeking to build 889 units

An Bord Pleanála has told Hammerson, the owner of Dundrum Town Centre, that its plans to build 889 apartments in Dundrum require further consideration or amendment.

The instruction follows a subsidiary of Hammerson, Dundrum Retail GP DAC, completing pre-planning consultation with An Bord Pleanála on the plan to construct the large-scale apartment scheme at the “old Dundrum Shopping Centre and other properties” site on Dundrum’s Main Street.

The pre-planning consultation involved planners from An Bord Pleanála examining the Hammerson scheme in consultation with planners from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

At the end of this stage of the process, the board either advises prospective applicants if their scheme forms a reasonable basis for a Strategic Housing Development (SHD) application or requires further amendment or consideration.


It is now open to the Hammerson company to tweak its plans following the advice from An Bord Pleanála and lodge the fast-track planning application under the SHD system, which will deliver a decision after 16 weeks.

No details have been made public on the number or height of the apartment blocks in the proposed development.

Malahide Road

Separately, the appeals board has also told Gerald Gannon Properties that the company's plans for 2,718 residential units at Belcamp Hall, Malahide Road, Belcamp, Dublin 17 require further consideration or amendment.

The Gannon scheme is comprised of 2,233 apartments, 485 houses, two creches and associated works.

With the pre-planning consultation complete with An Bord Pleanála, Mr Gannon’s company can now proceed to lodge its SHD scheme for the site and therefore bypass the local authority decision-making process.

In a different SHD lodged with An Bord Pleanála in recent days, Kennedy Wilson entity, KW PRS ICAV has sought permission to construct 102 build-to-rent apartments at lands adjacent to The Grange, Brewery Road and Stillorgan Road, Stillorgan, Blackrock.

The apartments will be contained within one apartment block rising to 10 storeys. The 102 units will bring to 895 the number of units for the overall Grange site.

Planning consultants for the scheme Brock McClure said Kennedy Wilson owns and operates more than 2,500 apartments in Ireland with a further 1,000 units currently under construction.

A decision is due on the Kennedy Wilson SHD application on May 3rd.

Gordon Deegan

Gordon Deegan

Gordon Deegan is a contributor to The Irish Times