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Fingal County Council announces preferred tenderer for development of Ballymastone site

Fingal County Council, as part of its commitment to increasing the supply of private and public housing in the county and creating sustainable communities, has determined Glenveagh Living Ltd as the preferred tenderer for the contract for the development of a 32 hectare site at Ballymastone, Donabate.

The above determination is the penultimate step in the public procurement process which commenced with Market Soundings in August 2018 and involved competitive dialogue with three tenderers in 2019 before final tenders were submitted in 2020.

The development will be subject to the formal approval of the Elected Members for the disposal of land and the statutory planning process.

The site will be developed to the urban design and phasing requirements of the Donabate Local Area Plan (LAP) and will include the delivery of supporting social and physical infrastructure. Glenveagh Living Ltd will progress their plans through the planning process which will provide an opportunity for public consultation within this ongoing process.

The Ballymastone development will be in accordance with the Fingal County Development Plan 2017 – 2023 and the Donabate Local Area Plan 2016 – 2026, both of which have undergone extensive public consultation, and which identify the strategic spatial planning issues and the vision for structured development and balanced growth for Donabate.

The development delivers on the objectives of the Donabate LAP, which was recently extended to 2026, to provide housing, and seeks to provide a mixed tenure residential development by advancing the project from the planning stage, as outlined in the Donabate LAP, to implementation.

Glenveagh Living Ltd expect to deliver approximately 1,200 residential units with a tenure mix as prescribed in the tender of 60% private housing, 20% private discounted housing and 20% social housing. The private discounted housing is expected to be priced at €250,000 for a two-bedroom house and €270,000 for a three-bedroom house. Every house or apartment delivered by Glenveagh Living Ltd will carry a minimum of an A energy rating.

Glenveagh Living Ltd also propose to deliver approximately 12% of the site as public open space with small parks and pocket parks in proximity to housing.

Glenveagh Living Ltd is a division of Glenveagh Properties plc, a leading Irish homebuilder that focuses on providing first-time buyers and families with access to great-value, high-quality, and sustainable homes across the country. Glenveagh expects to be operating, following the lifting of current COVID-19 restrictions, on 18 sites across Ireland delivering housing and apartment developments. Last year, 72% of all homes built by Glenveagh were priced below the median price for a new home in the Greater Dublin Area and Cork.

Fingal County Council recognises the role that Donabate plays in the wider Fingal region with its potential to support a high quality of life which offers culture and heritage, access to the coast, waterways, the city and the airport. The Council is focused on delivering a successful and sustainable community through the provision of social and physical infrastructure and improving connections between new and existing communities.
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Community council disappointed minister won’t meet it

Donabate Portrane Community Council has expressed disappointment that Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien will not meet it.

The community council wants to discuss the minister’s previous promise to abolish the Strategic Housing Development (SHD) process.
This process allows developers to bypass local authorities and apply directly to An Bord Pleanála for planning permission.
It applies to developments of over 100 homes.

In a related development, Donabate Portrane Community Council said it had been contacted by developer Cairn Homes which is seeking planning permission for 36 houses and 28 apartments/duplexes at Ballymastone in Donabate.
The company is seeking planning permission from Fingal County Council.
An objection to the scheme has been submitted by Donabate Portrane Community Council, which said it would be inappropriate to meet the developer ahead of a decision on the planning application.

The community council wrote to Minister O’Brien last month.
In the letter it was stated that the community is alarmed at plans by Cannon Kirk to use the Strategic Housing Development (SHD) process to apply to build housing 1,368 units at Corballis East in the village.

An Bord Pleanála has categorised 1,000 of these units as apartments.
The letter to the minister stated that in this instance the SHD process is facilitating an unsustainable exercise in over-development.

The community council reminded the minister in the letter that he promised to abolish the SHD process while he was canvassing during the general election earlier this year.

The letter stressed that the community council is fully aware that as minister Mr O’Brien cannot get involved in specific planning applications.
But it said that as minister he sets the rules of the game and has the power to abolish the SHD, as he promised.

It is simply not sustainable to crash-land development on this scale in an area grossly ill-equipped to take it by using a blunt instrument like SHD to achieve it, the letter states.

A spokesperson for the community council said that it was disappointed that the minister is not prepared to meet the group, and that the reply was not from the minister.

The reply was sent by the private secretary of junior housing minister Peter Burke.

The reply states that Minister O’Brien is precluded from exercising any control over any specific planning case, something the community council said it accepted.

The reply adds that the Strategic Housing Development (SHD) process will remain in place until the end of next year.

“The issues addressed in the community council’s letter to Minister O’Brien are serious and deserve to be dealt with by him,” the spokesperson said.
“The minister gave a commitment before this year’s general election that he would abolish the Strategic Housing Development (SHD) process. He has gone back on his word,” the community council added.

Massive infrastructural deficiencies mean Donabate cannot cope with the addition of 1,000 apartments, the community council said.
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The Christmas lights are on in Donabate!
Covid restrictions meant no festival this year, but the village is looking dressed and festive for the season ahead.
Well done to Karl Harte & all the team at CP Electrical.
Wishing you all a safe, healthy & happy Christmas.
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Ho Ho Hello everyone.

We are very excited to announce that Santa will visit Donabate, via Zoom, live from the North Pole on Saturday 5th December, from 2-5pm.

Numbers will be limited and booking is essential, keep an eye on Facebook for details and links in the next few days.
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