Cairn Homes has lodged planning documentation with An Bord Pleanála signalling its intention to build 611 apartments and three townhouses on the site it purchased from RTÉ in Donnybrook for €107.5 million over two years ago. The number of apartments planned is 111 more than the original 500 Cairn initially indicated it would construct on the 8.64 acre (3.49 hectare) site.
In a notice published by An Bord Pleanála, the Cairn plans for the site is described as comprising “611 apartments, three town houses, two cafes, one childcare facility, demolition of one existing sports and social club, change of use of Mount Errol from existing office use to private residents member’s club and gym and associated site works”.
Before the 2017 deal, Cairn Homes chief executive Michael Stanley stated: “If an opportunity like the RTÉ site comes along, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to acquire a site of that quality.”
The planning documentation lodged by the building firm starts a nine-week long pre-planning consultation with An Bord Pleanála. The consultation will involve Dublin City Council planners and at the end of the consultation, An Bord Pleanála will provide an opinion on the development. It is then open to Cairn Homes to take into account of the views expressed by An Bord Pleanála before lodging an application direct to An Bord Pleanála under Government fast-track planning rules.
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