Proposed Residential Development At The Park Shopping Centre Cabinteely

The Park Residents Association committee were invited this week to a meeting with Park Developments to take us through some details of their proposed development on the green space at the shops (Park Shopping Centre Cabinteely), in advance of them submitting a planning application.

The document below contains the details they took us through, and below are the key points and some clarifications we got during the meeting:

The Structure:
There will be 2 buildings, both 2 storeys at the higher end and 3 storeys at the lower end, with an underground carpark below
The buildings will house a total of 25 apartments – 8 x 1-bedroom & 17 x 2-bedroom

The carpark entrance will be via the carpark in front of the shops, and it will have 25 carparking spaces (including parent & child spaces) plus 25 bicycle spaces, with 4 set-down spaces at the Park Drive end of the building
The building closest to Park Drive will start 14m back from the roadside, access to the school will be allowed towards the top of the site and there will be a footpath from Park Drive down to the shops between the buildings and the carpark

What it will be used for:
The proposed use outlined in the document is for Assisted / Independent Living for the aged or people with disabilities – the aspiration is that the buildings would be sold to a housing body such as Irish Wheelchair Association and would be managed / apartments allocated by the buyer(s).
However, it was clear in the meeting that there is nothing yet agreed or guaranteed in relation to this. It was also clear that while there may be initial constraints over what type of tenants could be allocated an apartment here, longer term this could potentially change.

Tenants may include people/families on the housing list who need disabled access, and this would form an alternative for the council, rather than renovating houses to provide suitable facilities.

In Summary, the use of the buildings is unclear.

The Construction:
Park Development intend to submit their Planning Application in mid July and expect to start construction 6-12 months later (allowing for An Bord Pleanala if required)
Planning permission normally allows for work from 8am-6pm Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings
They have discussed with the school that some measures may be needed in regard to safety (re large deliveries) at drop off & pickup times / disruption for the school, and there was mention of potential for some ‘out of hours’ activity
Parking for building workers could potentially be provided on a site they have in Carrickmines with workers ferried down – the practicality of this is questionable & also may only apply to their own employees, not sub-contractors
Construction is expected to take up to 18 months

What do you need to do?
Ideally, we would like to have a public meeting to gather views, but this is not possible right now due to covid.

Therefore, if you have any strong concerns / views, please reply to this email to give us a sense of the overall reaction to this – please keep your responses to a small number of short, clear bullet points, as we will need to read and collate all responses, which may take some time.
Please reply by 10th July and at that point we will agree further steps, dependent on responses.

Park Residents Association