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Another Strategic Housing Development (SHD) application has just been published, this time for the lands between Swords Manor and the Swords Community College.

The development will consist of 650 residential units making it the biggest development proposed in the current wave of SHDs.

The Mooretown development will consist of 265 houses, 187 apartments and 198 duplex/triplex units. The plans include one childcare facility, five retail units and one café/restaurant.

Commenting on the development Cllr Ian Carey said:

“This development is coming as part of the long-awaited Mooretown/Oldtown development which has been planned for well over a decade. The densities are again higher than was previously planned but there are some strong elements of the plan including cycling planned provision to Swords Community College and a park built around the ancient ring fort on the site.

“Again, for me, I feel the childcare provision catered for on the site will not meet the demand generated by many new families. While it is important to see this development as part of a wider Mooretown/Oldtown plan, I still would like to see greater sporting and community infrastructure included.”

Here is the proposed site layout:

https://www.mooretownshd.ie/_files/ugd/522b33_6193a10646e3474b9f8ac02262593a93.pdf

You can view the details of the plan here.

The site notice reads as follows:

We, Gerard Gannon Properties, intend to apply to An Bord Pleanála for a 10 year permission for a strategic housing development at lands to the south of Rathbeale Road and to the north and south of Main Street and to the east and southeast of Mooretown Distributor Road (Western Distributor Link Road), Mooretown, Swords, Co. Dublin, with associated engineering works on lands locally known as the Celestica/Motorola site, junction of Glen Ellan Road and Balheary Road, and at/on Balheary Road, Swords, Co. Dublin.

The development will consist of the construction of a total of 650 no. residential units (265 no. houses, 187 no. apartments, 6 no. triplex units, and 192 no. duplex units [comprising 113 no. duplex ‘house’ units and 79 no. duplex ‘apartment’ units]), 1 no. childcare facility, 5 no. retail units and 1 no. café/restaurant all of which will be provided as follows:

  • 265 no. residential houses (240 no. 3 bed houses, and 25 no. 4 bed houses) in detached, semi-detached, end-terraced, and mid-terraced houses ranging from two to three storey in height;
  • Duplex Block A containing a total of 12 no. units comprising of 2 no. 1 bed units, 3 no. 2 bed units, and 7 no. 3 bed units, in a building three storeys in height, and all units provided with private balconies/terraces; internal bike store; car parking and bicycle spaces, and bin stores;
  • Duplex Block B containing a total of 9 no. units comprising of 1 no. 1 bed unit, 2 no. 2 bed units and 6 no. 3 bed units, in a building three storeys in height, and all units provided with private balconies/terraces; internal bike store; 1 no. retail unit at ground floor level with associated signage; car parking and bicycle spaces, and bin stores;
  • Duplex Block C containing a total of 14 no. units comprising of 3 no. 1 bed units, 3 no. 2 bed units and 8 no. 3 bed units, in a building three storeys in height, and all units provided with private balconies/terraces; internal bike store; car parking and bicycle spaces, and bin stores;
  • Duplex Block D containing a total of 10 no. units comprising of 1 no. 1 bed unit, 3 no. 2 bed units and 6 no. 3 bed units, in a building three storeys in height, and all units provided with private balconies/terraces; internal bike store; car parking and bicycle spaces, and bin stores;
  • Duplex Block E containing a total of 12 no. units comprising of 2 no. 1 bed units, 3 no. 2 bed units and 7 no. 3 bed units, in a building three storeys in height, and all units provided with private balconies/terraces; internal bike store; car parking and bicycle spaces, and bin stores;
  • Duplex Block F containing a total of 9 no. units comprising of 1 no. 1 bed unit, 2 no. 2 bed units and 6 no. 3 bed units, in a building three storeys in height, and all units provided with private balconies/terraces; 1 no. retail unit at ground floor level with associated signage; internal bike store; car parking and bicycle spaces, and bin stores;
  • Duplex Block G containing a total of 14 no. units comprising of 3 no. 1 bed units, 3 no. 2 bed units and 8 no. 3 bed units, in a building three storeys in height, and all units provided with private balconies/terraces; internal bike store; car parking and bicycle spaces, and bin stores;
  • Duplex Block H containing a total of 5 no. units comprising of 2 no. 2 bed units and 3 no. 3 bed units, in a building three storeys in height, and all units provided with private balconies/terraces; car parking and bicycle spaces, and bin stores;
  • Duplex Block I containing a total of 7 no. units comprising of 2 no. 1 bed units, 1 no. 2 bed unit and 4 no. 3 bed units, in a building three storeys in height, and all units provided with private balconies/terraces; internal bike stores; car parking and bicycle spaces, and bin stores;
  • Duplex Block J containing a total of 7 no. units comprising of 2 no. 1 bed units, 1 no. 2 bed unit and 4 no. 3 bed units, in a building three storeys in height, and all units provided with private balconies/terraces; internal bike store; car parking and bicycle spaces, and bin stores;
  • Duplex Block K containing a total of 16 no. units comprising of 5 no. 1 bed units, 2 no. 2 bed units and 9 no. 3 bed units, in a building three storeys in height, and all units provided with private balconies/terraces; internal bike store; car parking and bicycle spaces, and bin stores;
  • Duplex Block L containing a total of 8 no. units comprising of 1 no. 1 bed unit, 2 no. 2 bed units and 5 no. 3 bed units, in a building three storeys in height, and all units provided with private balconies/terraces; car parking and bicycle spaces, and bin stores;
  • Duplex Block M containing a total of 8 no. units comprising of 3 no. 2 bed units and 5 no. 3 bed units, in a building three storeys in height, and all units provided with private balconies/terraces; internal bike store; car parking and bicycle spaces, and bin stores;
  • Duplex Block N containing a total of 4 no. units comprising of 2 no. 2 bed units and 2 no. 3 bed units, in a building three storeys in height, and all units provided with private balconies/terraces; car parking and bicycle spaces, and bin stores;
  • Duplex Block O containing a total of 11 no. units comprising of 4 no. 1 bed units, 1 no. 2 bed unit and 6 no. 3 bed units, in a building three storeys in height, and all units provided with private balconies/terraces; internal bike store; car parking and bicycle spaces, and bin stores;
  • Duplex Block P containing a total of 5 no. units comprising of 2 no. 2 bed units and 3 no. 3 bed units, in a building three storeys in height, and all units provided with private balconies/terraces; car parking and bicycle spaces, and bin stores;
  • Duplex Block Q containing a total of 15 no. units comprising of 1 no. 1 bed unit, 5 no. 2 bed units and 9 no. 3 bed units, in a building three storeys in height, and all units provided with private balconies/terraces; internal bike store; car parking and bicycle spaces, and bin stores;
  • Duplex Block R containing a total of 7 no. units comprising of 2 no. 1 bed units, 1 no. 2 bed unit and 4 no. 3 bed units, in a building three storeys in height, and all units provided with private balconies/terraces; internal bike store; car parking and bicycle spaces, and bin stores;
  • Duplex Block S containing a total of 5 no. units comprising of 1 no. 1 bed unit, 2 no. 2 bed units and 2 no. 3 bed units, in a building three storeys in height, and all units provided with private balconies/terraces; car parking and bicycle spaces, and bin stores;
  • Duplex Block T containing a total of 5 no. units comprising of 1 no. 1 bed unit, 2 no. 2 bed units and 2 no. 3 bed units, in a building three storeys in height, and all units provided with private balconies/terraces; car parking and bicycle spaces, and bin stores;
  • Duplex Block U containing a total of 5 no. units comprising of 1 no. 1 bed unit, 2 no. 2 bed units and 2 no. 3 bed units, in a building three storeys in height, and all units provided with private balconies/terraces; car parking and bicycle spaces, and bin stores;
  • Duplex Block V containing a total of 4 no. units comprising of 2 no. 2 bed units and 2 no. 3 bed units, in a building three storeys in height, and all units provided with private balconies/terraces; car parking and bicycle spaces, and bin stores;
  • Apartment Block A containing a total of 40 no. units comprising of 10 no. 1 bed units, 24 no. 2 beds, and 6 no. 3 bed triplex units with all units provided with private balconies/terraces, in a building five storeys in height, with internal bicycle stores, bin stores and plant rooms at ground floor level; car parking within the undercroft car park and on-street, and bicycle parking;
  • Apartment Block B containing a total of 70 no. units comprising of 24 no. 1 bed units and 46 no. 2 bed units with all units provided with private balconies/terraces, in a building one to five storeys in height, with internal bicycle stores, bin stores and plant rooms at ground floor level; 2 no. retail units at ground floor level with associated signage; car parking within the undercroft car park and on-street, and bicycle parking;
  • Apartment Block C containing a total of 8 no. units comprising of 8 no. 2 bed units with all units provided with private balconies/terraces, in a building three to four storeys in height, with internal bin stores and plant rooms at ground floor level; 1 no. retail unit at ground floor level with associated signage; car parking within the shared parking court; bin stores and bike stores; and bicycle parking;
  • Apartment Block D containing a total of 8 no. units comprising of 8 no. 2 bed units with all units provided with private balconies/terraces, in a building three to four storeys in height, 1 no. café/restaurant unit at ground floor level with associated signage; car parking within the shared parking court; bin stores and bike stores; and bicycle parking;
  • Apartment Block E containing a total of 46 no. units comprising of 3 no. 1 bed units and 43 no. 2 bed units with all units provided with private balconies/terraces, in a building five storeys in height, with internal bicycle stores, bin stores and plant rooms at ground floor level; car parking within the parking court and on-street, and bicycle parking;
  • Apartment Block F containing a total of 21 no. units comprising of 6 no. 1 bed units and 15 no. 2 bed units with all units provided with private balconies/terraces, in a building four storeys in height, with internal bicycle stores and bin stores at ground floor level; car parking within the parking court and on-street, and bicycle parking;
  • 1 no. childcare facility in a one to two storey building, with associated outdoor play area, car parking and drop-off/visitor parking, bicycle parking, and bin stores.

The development will provide for a total of 991 no. car parking spaces within the scheme; a total of 1141 no. bicycle spaces serving the apartments, triplex units, duplex units, childcare facility and commercial units; proposed new vehicular accesses onto Main Street and onto Mooretown Distributor Road (Western Distributor Link Road) which is partly constructed and also permitted under Reg. Ref. F20A/0096; proposed upgrades to public realm including footpaths, a new pedestrian/cyclist link via Abbeyvale Court, landscaping including play equipment, boundary treatments, and public lighting; and all associated engineering and site works necessary to facilitate the development including the proposed stormwater storage tank and overflow outfall gravity sewer to the Broadmeadow River with associated manholes on lands locally known as the Celestica/Motorola site, junction of Glen Ellan Road and Balheary Road, and at/on Balheary Road, along with the proposed vehicular/service access onto Balheary Road, Swords.

The application contains a statement setting out how the proposal will be consistent with the objectives of the Fingal Development Plan 2017-2023.

The application contains a statement indicating why permission should be granted for the proposed development, having regard to a consideration specified in section 37(2)(b) of the Planning and Development Act, 2000, as amended, notwithstanding that the proposed development materially contravenes a relevant development plan or local area plan other than in relation to the zoning of the land.

An Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) and a Natura Impact Statement (NIS) have been prepared in respect of the proposed development.