An Bord Pleanála (ABP) have recently granted planning permission for two separate but adjoining developments of apartments on Sandyford Road. When built, across the two sites there would be 143 apartments, a toddler play area, a public open “kickabout” space, seating and a new pedestrian access from Sandyford Road into “old” Sandyford Road.
The larger site to the north is where the Glenina and Karuna houses currently are (see application here). The smaller site to the south is where “The Pastures” currently is (see application here). All existing buildings have permission to be demolished to make way for the new developments. The sites are situated with Cúl Cuille to the North, Lamb’s Brook to the South, back gardens of Sandyford Downs/Coolkill to the easy and Sandyford Road to the west.
ABP granted permission with a few changes to the developers’ original applications for both sites.
Some of the changes to the larger “Glenina & Karuna” site to the north:
- Total units have been reduced from 137 to 116 apartments.
- Block A partially removed (this is the 3 and 4 storey part of the block furthest north, next to Cúl Cuille).
- Blocks C&D to the south both reduced by one storey. Now steps from 5 storeys facing main road back to 3 storeys closest to the boundary behind Coolkill/Sandyford Downs.
- Some 1 and 2 bed apartments amalgamated to provide more 3 bed apartments.
Among the changes for the development at “The Pastures” to the south:
- Total apartments reduced from 33 to 27 apartments
- One floor removed from Block B which is next to the back walls of some houses in Sandyford Downs.
- A condition was added that the apartments may not be used for short-term letting. This is usually the case anyway.
With these permission for apartments in Sandyford, it’s important to keep an eye on other planning applications in the area to make sure that development is happening in a way that enhances our local area. See my previous post on the application at Lamb’s Cross here.