The Land Development Agency and Dublin City Council seek feedback from the public on plan for over 1,100 homes in West Dublin

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  • Proposals for development of Cherry Orchard Point include approximately 1,131 homes and 23,400sqm of new retail and community space
  • Population of well-connected area expected to increase by 1,800 to 2,000 people on delivery of new homes

The Land Development Agency (LDA) and Dublin City Council (DCC) have today announced the launch of a public consultation process for a proposed new development of over 1,100 homes at Cherry Orchard in Dublin.

Referred to by the working name of Cherry Orchard Point, the cost rental, social and affordable purchase housing project involves proposals for 1,131 homes and 23,400 sqm of retail and community space.

The proposals are being developed in partnership with DCC on greenfield lands owned by the local authority beside Park West Avenue and the Park West & Cherry Orchard Railway Station.

A proposed design document, published on the LDA’s website today, details how Cherry Orchard Point will add significantly to the Park West-Cherry Orchard area and help create a new vibrant community.

The public and any interested bodies are now being invited to give their feedback on this multi-phase project, which will then be considered as part of the design and planning process. A series of phased planning applications are due to be submitted, starting in the coming months.

The project will involve four phases initially, with a landmark 15-storey residential building envisaged as part of Phase 1. It is expected that the overall development will increase the numbers living in the area by between 1,800 to 2,000 people.

The breakdown of housing involves approximately 905 cost rental and affordable purchase homes and 226 social homes. A total of 3,776 sqm is reserved for retail use, while there are plans for two creches and up to 18,000 sqm of commercial/enterprise use located near to the M50.

All homes will be designed to be highly energy efficient with a minimum A BER rating. The proposed designs include heat pump systems and PV panels as well as a high level of insulation.

The mix of homes will involve 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom apartments in the initial phase, plus 2 and 3-bedroom own-door homes in subsequent phases. Many homes will have views over a new park or landscaped communal courtyard gardens. Large purpose-built storerooms will be provided in all homes in addition to fitted wardrobes.

The overall plan encourages a good mix of housing units, with strong provision for local shops and parks in addition to other community and recreational facilities, which will be available both to new residents and the wider local community.

The development plans will combine with other public projects proposed locally by DCC and the Local Area Plan including the refurbishment and enhancement of Cherry Orchard Park and the development of a Village Hub plus new schools and education facilities.

The project aims to deliver a variety of housing mix, with buildings of different heights, form and materials. The development is proposed to have a distinctive character with a clear sense of place and identity as well as people friendly streets, open spaces, a pedestrian and cycle network, secure bicycle parking and an extension to the plaza in front of the existing railway station.

The development is designed to centre round the new Cherry Orchard Point Park, which will feature a community garden, picnic lawn, space for kickabouts, a multi-sports pitch, an outdoor gym, play equipment, a walking and running ‘loop’, and extensive areas of natural, native, bio-diverse and pollinator friendly planting.

Phelim O’Neill, Head of Property at the LDA said:

“This is another exciting partnership with DCC to deliver cost rental, affordable and social housing and to create a vibrant new community. This site is well-served by existing transport infrastructure and provides a great opportunity for much-needed housing in a part of Dublin that will benefit from both an increased population and from the newly planned recreational and community facilities.”

Dave Dinnigan, Director of Housing Delivery in Dublin City Council said:

“Dublin City Council, in partnership with the LDA, is pleased to bring this high-quality housing project to Cherry Orchard. It will deliver over 1,100 new, mixed-tenure homes along with on-site amenities such as parkland, outdoor play areas, childcare facilities and commercial opportunities for Cherry Orchard residents. The development, located on Dublin City Council lands, is in a prime and well-connected location adjacent to the Park West & Cherry Orchard Railway Station. Together with Dublin City Council plans for the regeneration of Cherry Orchard town centre, a new Cherry Orchard public park and the proposed Irish Rail works to the Hazelhatch line, this large-scale development will serve to rejuvenate Cherry Orchard for the future benefit of the community.”

The Cherry Orchard Point - Proposed Design Plans for Public Feedback document can be accessed on the LDA website. The public are asked to review the document and get in touch with any comments or suggestions they may have. Submissions can be made by emailing [email protected] and more information is available by calling (01) 9103400.

The consultation process will run for a period of 4 weeks from today June 14th. All feedback received will be considered by the planning and design team in coordination with the LDA and DCC.

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