Elderly housing scheme reduced from 99 to 85 units

By Maurice Garvey 

A proposed elderly housing scheme on a parcel of land at the Clondalkin Paper Mills Pitch and Putt Club – indicate a number of design changes including the reduction of units from 99 to 85.

Back in 2016, The Echo first reported how financial difficulties forced the pitch and putt club to place some of their land on the market.

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 An artist impression of the elderly housing scheme at the Pitch and Putt Club

Clondalkin Paper Mills Sports and Social Club were selling nine of their 18 holes in an effort to pay bills and maintain finances going ahead.

Two lots were put up for sale with guide prices of €695,000 for a 3.61 acre site, and €595,000 for a 2.14 acre site.

The clubhouse and bar – known locally as the Glue Pot – were not included in the sale.

Applicant Rhonellen Properties Limited submitted planning permission for the construction of a nursing home at the Mill Lane site in four blocks of one to five storeys.

South Dublin County Council subsequently advised the applicants to reconsider the layout, design and massing of the proposal.

In the latest plans, the applicants say key design changes include increased communal facilities with two multi-function rooms for social meetings and occasions, which can extend from 40sq.m out to 70sq.m.

The entrance area for the residential development Sallypark, Mill Lane, has been redesigned with a “generous lobby and seating area” according to the plans.

The layout of the central courtyard has been revised to include more benches for a more “friendly usable amenity space” and revised drawings show a “significant reduction in height.”

The scheme comprises 76 one-bed apartments, 21 two-bed apartments and two studio apartments.

Initial plans for 99 units have been trimmed down to 85 units.

The Echo understands one of the two lots for sale was bought by developers but negotiations are still ongoing between the club and developers.

A club source said nothing has been signed yet.

According to the plans, the total gross floor area of the proposal is 8,229sq.m.

The subject site is bounded to the north by the River Camac, to the south by Mill Lane, to the east by the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses and pitch and putt clubhouse/bar known as the Glue Pot and to the west by Clondalkin Leisure Centre.

South Dublin County Council are due to make a decision on the proposal by January 24.

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