Developer lodges plans for 460 build-to-rent apartments at Leopardstown

By Kim oLeary

A Strategic Housing Development (SHD) scheme has been lodged to build more than 460 homes in the Dublin suburb of Leopardsrown.

Homeland Silverpines Ltd has applied to An Bord Pleanala to build several blocks of apartments up to 10 storeys high on a site stretching between Brewery and Leopardstown Roads.

Planning notices show the group wants to build six apartment blocks at the site with a total of 463 units consisting of one, two and three-bedroom homes.

The blocks will range from two storeys high for the smallest, which will have nine apartments, to 10 storeys for part of the largest, which will contain 157 dwellings.

Homeland intends to include balconies, open spaces and communal areas in the complex, as well as a childcare facility.

The company will have to demolish 10 existing one and two-storey houses, an office and other structures on the site to make way for its development.

However, some residents told Dublin Live that they have concerns about the height of the apartments.

One resident said: "I think personally that ten storeys is too high for the area, it will block out a lot of light. It's worrying for us living close by and we know the traffic will spike in the area as well."

Another said: "The amenities sound good especially the creche and fitness centre, but it means that the area is going to get a lot busier. "

Homeland has acquired the properties over the past two years at a total cost of about €20 million.

Homeland is applying under the Strategic Housing Development system that allows builders to bypass local councils and go straight to An Bord Pleanála.

Under the SHD process, applications for more than 100 homes or blocks of 200 student bed spaces are made directly to An Bord Pleanála, bypassing the local-authority planning stage.

The system, which removed the right to appeal planning decisions on large-scale housing developments and resulted in a significant increase in legal actions against the board’s decisions, is to be discontinued next February.

The site is close to Leopardstown Racecourse and across from the Laura Lynn hospice.

The application for the development was lodged on September 30 and it could take a number of months before a decision is made.

Dublin Live has contacted Homeland Silverpines Ltd for comment.

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