Apartments and civic plaza planned for former Esso site

By Mary Dennehy

A PLANNING application for a 43-unit development complete with new civic plaza and four commerical outlets has been proposed for  the former Esso site in Tallaght Village.

Proposals for the prominent site include 43 apartments housed across  two separate buildings in a development called Friars Place - which ranges in height from four to eight storeys.

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The former Esso site in Tallaght Village

The proposal, lodged by Sirio Homes, is a mixed-use, build-to-rent scheme, which seeks permission for 28 residential units in a five to eight storey South building – which consists of 17 one-bed apartments, 10 two-bed and one three-bed.

At ground floor in the South building there are plans for three commercial units with frontage onto Main Road – with a range of uses including newsagent, community centre, financial/professional services and healthcare.

The West building ranges from four to five storeys and comprises of 15 residential units – four studio units, five one-bed, three two-bed and a trio of three-bed dwellings.

The West building has one 92msq commerical unit for cafe/restaurant/deli at the corner of Greenhills Road and Main Road.

Information provided by Sirio Homes states: “Friars Place will provide much welcomed good quality rental housing to the local market, with the generous inclusion of one-bed, two-bed and three-bed apartments, designed to meet the needs of the community.

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An artist impression of the development

 “A central principle of the design has been to acknowledge and respect the existing historic context of the area.

“Careful attention has been applied to the selection of the palette of materials that will be used, these along with the high standard of finish will help improve the visual appearance and add to the architectural interest of the area.

“Friars Place offers a high quality new Civic Square which, through integrated landscaping features will reach across the road to embrace the Katharine Tynan memorial plot and will include a number of amenities that will help to enhance the area for both local residents and for visitors representing a significant planning gain for the area.”

Proposals, which can be viewed on the planning section of South Dublin County Council’s website, also include a new vehicular entrance from the Old Greenhills Road to access 25 resident car parking spaces at basement level.

The removal of two on-street carparking spaces on the Old Greenhills Road to facilitate access to the basement is also proposed, and installation of a raised pedestrian crossing at the southern end of the Old Greenhills Road.

Some 76 bicycle spaces are also provided for in the application and public realm improvements at the southern end of the Old Greenhills Road, including improvement works to the Katherine Tynan memorial.

South Dublin County Council is due to make a decision by November 25. Read the full application on www.sdcc.ie (planning section).

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