Sunday 12 July 2009

Developers eye Harold's Cross revamp

A number of developers have expressed interest in a redevelopment of Harold's Cross village in Dublin 6, according to documents circulated by Dublin City Council. "They advised that the revitalisation of the village... was the main reason for their request" to have the right of way at the rear of the Shamrock Villas area extinguished, councillors have been told.

Landowner Derek Whelan held seven meetings of local residents to see whether they would support "a reasonably large redevelopment of the village" but the initial scheme was not progressed and no further work took place on it from October 2008. However, a smaller scheme was then considered and "informal conversations with city council planners suggested the city council considered that the village would benefit from revitalisation".

The area manager is opposed to ending the right of way, stating a determination should not be made without "specific developments being available so that the value of such a right of way can be assessed properly". Eircom had objected because a substantial Eircom plant is being considered for there. The ESB objected on the basis of both underground and overhead services, while some local residents also objected.

Sunday Tribune

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