70 residential units approved for Walkinstown site

By Maurice Garvey

PLANS for 70 residential units and 54 car parking space in Walkinstown, have been approved by Dublin City Council.

Canmar Properties Limited submitted plans last November for a development at a site bounded and accessed by both Walkinstown Road and Balfe Road.

Walkinstown mixed use compressor

The site in Walkinstown

The proposal consists of the demolition of all existing buildings on site and the construction of a mixed use commercial and residential development in six blocks, accommodating two commercial units, a communal meeting space and 70 units – mostly one and two-bed apartments and 11 townhouses.

The development will encourage “modal shift” involving greater use of sustainable transport solutions, according to the developer.

In 2018, Canmar were refused permission by the city council and An Bord Pleanála to build 58 residential units at the same site.

For the latest proposal, over 20 submissions were made by residents objecting to the plans, citing among their concerns the size and scale of the development, loss of privacy and lack of parking.

Joan Collins TD and Cllr Pat Dunne objected, stating there is already “serious issues in the area with sewerage and traffic that a development of this scale would adversely affect further.”

In January, city planners requested further information on an array of points, including parking, and pedestrian walkways.

According to a parking strategy report submitted by DCE engineers on behalf of Canmar, the development seeks to reduce the extent of parking proposed in line with “current sustainable transport and development objectives.”

“The site is well served by a number of modes of transport, therefore there is good potential to increase the proportion of residents and visitors travelling by sustainable modes.”

There is provision for one GoCar car sharing space in the development.

Dublin City Council approved the plans on April 17.

Among the conditions by city planners, are that the developer will pay €396k to the planning authority in respect of public infrastructure and facilities.

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