Development of residential units on Ballyroan House site gets go-ahead

By Maurice Garvey

Planning permission has been granted for the development of 20 residential units on the site of Ballyroan House in Ballyroan Heights.

Applicant Homeland Investments Limited outlined plans to build 21 houses and two apartments as part of a residential scheme, varying from one to three storeys in height, in their original application for planning permission.

Ballyroan House 2

It is proposed that three of these residential units, of two to three storeys in height, would be facilitated by the vertical separation and restoration of Ballyroan House, while the construction of 18 house units and two apartments are proposed for the site surrounding the house.

The proposed accommodation units will be in the form of one- to four-bedroom units in a combination of detached, semi-detached, terraced and apartment units across the site.

There are provisions for 43 car-parking spaces, private open-space areas in the form of side and rear gardens, courtyards, balcony and terrace spaces, and public lighting.

The submission includes plans for a new pedestrian access point to the adjoining park and the use of the existing access point from Ballyroan Heights for vehicular and pedestrian access.

The plans include the demolition of extensions to Ballyroan House, including a single-storey extension to the rear, a two-storey block work extension and the removal of an old ruin.

South Dublin County Council granted permission for the development on August 18, with a number of conditions.

These conditions include in the omission of three of the residential units which were included in the application for planning permission.

The council stated that one of the units would have been the first structure seen on approach to the site of Ballyroan House, and as such “is not sensitive to its prominent location”.

One of the terraced houses also has to be omitted “to provide a clearer defined setting to [Ballyroan House]”, and the three remaining terrace houses will have to be reduced in height.

Other conditions also include carrying out two bat surveys at the site, and the provision that if any vegetation, including trees, is removed from the site it must be carried out outside of the bird nesting season.

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