The Vincent Byrne site - Palmerstown
On the 15th of June I hosted an online public meeting to discuss the proposed plans for the Vincent Byrne site in Palmerstown, I was joined by my Party Comrade and friend Cllr. Joanna Tuffy who made a valuable contribution regarding the limted parking proposed for the development.
Here are the plans for the proposed development:
- Block A containing a total of 27 no. apartments comprising of 13 no. 1 beds and 14 no. 2 beds, in a building ranging from 3-6 storeys over basement in height, with 1 no. communal roof garden (at third floor level), and most apartments provided with private balconies/terraces. Block A also provides a café, a reception/concierge with manager’s office and bookable space at ground floor level; meeting rooms and workspace/lounge at first floor level, a gym at second floor level; and a cinema and a games room at basement level;
- Block B containing a total of 46 no. apartments comprising of 18 no. 1 beds and 28 no. 2 beds, in a building 6 storeys over basement in height, and all apartments provided with private balconies/terraces;
- Block C containing a total of 47 no. apartments comprising of 30 no. 1 beds and 17 no. 2 beds, in a building 6 storeys over basement in height, and all apartments provided with private balconies/terraces;
- Block D containing a total of 67 no. apartments comprising of 33 no. 1 beds and 34 no. 2 beds, in a building 7 storeys over basement in height, and most apartments provided with private balconies/terraces;
- Block E containing a total of 63 no. apartments comprising of 40 no. 1 beds and 23 no. 2 beds, in a building 8 storeys over basement in height, and all apartments provided with private balconies/terraces.
The development also includes the construction of a basement providing 120 no. car parking spaces, 10 no. motorcycle spaces, 250 no. bicycle spaces, and a plant room and bin stores. The proposal also incorporates 5 no. car parking spaces and 26 no. bicycle spaces at surface level; upgrades and modifications to vehicular and pedestrian/cyclist access on Kennelsfort Road Lower; utilisation of existing vehicular and pedestrian/cyclist access via Palmerstown Business Park (onto Old Lucan Road); 1 no. ESB sub-station; landscaping including play equipment and upgrades to public realm; public lighting; boundary treatments; and all associated engineering and site works necessary to facilitate the development.
Not all of the apartments will have access to a balcony or a terrace, in the light of Covid 19 balconies and terraces are essential when front or back gardens are not available. I appreciate the need for affordable and social housing but feel that this development, which is a buy to rent scheme will not meet the housing needs of those waiting on the SDCC housing lists. I am preparing a submission to ABP to object to the development and will be calling on SDCC and the department of Housing to explore building affordable units that maintain the integrity of Palmerstown Village and meets the needs of those in need of housing - espciecally the vast number of single people on the homeless housing lists.