Fast-Track Planning Submitted for a €76m Apartment Development
The construction of a residential development of 460 no. apartments (1 no. studio unit, 92 no. one bedroom, 303 no. two bedroom; and 64 no. three bedroom) in six 5 to 14 storey blocks.
I'm guessing this is a re-hash of the plan that DLR and ABD rejected last year for various reasons? A couple of things caught my eye.
The first is that the plan only covers part of the site around the existing Rockbrook apartment block (http://www.tivwayplanning.com/plann...ownload=321:950021-p0002-contextual-site-plan). The second is the reference to a future Sandyford Business District Civic Park (http://www.tivwayplanning.com/plann...l?download=326:950021-p1011-level-1-boulevard). I haven't heard of it before and it's location on the map doesn't make much sense. And lastly, it's nice to see good pedestrian connectivity between it, Luas and the rest of the estate. It's somewhat comical that the current Rockbrook development faces away from the Luas, forcing more than a few people to go down to the carpark and up the vehicular ramp to get out.
Otherwise, it looks like a decent plan that will add a fair amount of accommodation an area that badly needs it. It's also right beside the Luas stop which, if the plans are to be believed, will be upgraded to metro in a few years. I wonder if Shane Ross will shout about how it'll be towering over the poor denizens of Stepaside.