Thursday, 15 January 2009

Plans for 270 homes at monastery site

OVER 270 NEW homes are planned for a site at the Mount Argus monastery in Harold’s Cross, Dublin. Developer Eugene Larkin has lodged plans for a scheme at the former Congregation of the Passion monastery, beside Mount Argus church.

The 5.7 acre (2.31 hectare) site and monastery was sold last March for €19 million. The Passionists order, which has been at Mount Argus for over 150 years, is not leaving the area. It has held onto the church, car park, a house, gardens and a site on which it is constructing a new monastery.

As part of the deal, developers Twinlite will build a 156sq m (1,679sq ft) community centre for the order.

Viera Limited, a subsidiary of Mr Larkin’s Twinlite Construction, wants to build six apartment blocks fronting on to Lower Kimmage Road. The developer is also looking for permission to turn the order’s monastery into a 62-home scheme.

The old entrance hall, monastery staircase and other period elements of the building will be incorporated into the scheme, says Rick Larkin from Twinlite.

Meanwhile, in Goatstown, O’Malley Construction has been given the go-ahead to build a residential scheme at the former Bank of Ireland sports grounds at Knockrabo in Dublin 14.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has given approval to the Galway-based company to build 108 homes on the five-acre (2.02 hectare) site.

This is the third planning application the company has lodged for the site, having failed on two previous occasions, primarily because a road layout for a link road to Sandyford had not been finalised.

The council is now considering an application from developer Niall Mellon for 85 units on a nearby site, also part of the former Bank of Ireland sports grounds.

Irish Times

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