Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016
Planning and Development (Strategic Housing Development) Regulation 2017
Notice of Strategic Housing Development
Application to An Bord Pleanála

Cairn Homes Properties Ltd intend to apply to An Bord Pleanála for permission for a strategic housing development at this site The Donnelly Centre, Cork Street, Dublin 8, D08HRR9.  The site (0.358 ha) is bounded to the north by Cork Street, to the east by Brickfield Lane, to the south by disused industrial lands and to the west by the HSE “Bú Chaoimhín” complex which is a Protected Structure.

The development will consist of a Student Accommodation development with an overall gross floor area (GFA) of approximately 13,131 sq.m including complementary supporting accommodation together with a retail/café unit.

The proposed development consists of the following:

  • Demolition of the Donnelly Centre (totalling 7,858 sqm).
  • Construction of a Mixed-Use development comprising 399 student accommodation bed spaces in 90 residential cluster units and studios with associated ancillary areas (13,017 sq.m.) and a retail / café unit (114 sq.m.), in a 6 and 7 storey high building with frontage onto Cork Street and Brickfield Lane (max height 23.325m over ground level excluding liftt shafts). 
  •  Landscaped gardens are provided to the west and south (599 sq.m) and a landscaped roof terrace (453sq.m) at 6th floor level and a central ground level courtyard area (549 sq.m) are also provided as private open space (total 1601 sq.m.).
  •  The student accommodation will be professionally managed and accommodation will be available for short-term stays for tourists or other visitors outside of term time.
  • The retail / café unit, accessed from Cork Street, is independent from the student accommodation and has an ancillary outdoor terrace (40 sq.m.) onto Cork Street.
  • Widening of Brickfield Lane by c.4.5m to include new footpath and 5 no. set-down only car spaces located along Brickfield Lane.
  • The development includes internal switch and substation located off Brickfield Lane; all enabling and site development works, landscaping, services, waste management facilities and all other ancillary works.  

The application contains a statement setting out how the proposal will be consistent with the objectives of the relevant development plan or local area plan.

The application, may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, during public opening hours at the offices of An Bord Pleanála and Dublin City Council. The application may also be inspected online at the following website set up by the applicant:

Any person may, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by An Bord Pleanála of the application and on payment of the prescribed fee of €20 (except for certain prescribed bodies), make a submission or observation in writing to An Bord Pleanála, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, relating to the implications of the proposed development, if carried out, for proper planning and sustainable development in the area or areas concerned and the likely effects on the environment or the likely effects on a European site, as the case may be, of the proposed development, if carried out.  Submissions or observations duly made will be considered by An Bord Pleanála in making a decision on the application.  Such submissions or observations must also include the following information: 

(a)    The name of the person, authority or body making the submission or observations, the name of the person, if any, acting on behalf of that person, authority or body, and the address to which any correspondence relating to the application should be sent,
(b)    The subject matter of the submission or observations, and
(c)    The reasons, considerations and arguments on which the submission or observations is or are based. 

An Bord Pleanála may grant permission for the strategic housing development as proposed, or may grant permission subject to such modifications as it specifies in its decision, or may grant permission in part only, with or without any other modifications it may specify in its decision, or may refuse to grant permission for the proposed development.  An Bord Pleanála may attach to a grant of permission such conditions as it considers appropriate. 

Any enquiries relating to the application process should be directed to the Strategic Housing Development Section of An Bord Pleanála (Tel. 01-8588100).