Wednesday 7 June 2023

Goldman Sachs to sell Blanchardstown shopping centre

 Goldman Sachs is reported to have appointed real estate investment bank Eastdil Secured and CBRE to find a buyer for Blanchardstown Centre. The shopping centre is expected to have a guide price of between €650m to €725, according to a story first reported by the Irish Times. Blanchardstown Centre, which spans around 112,000 sq m, has 180 stores. Anchor tenants include Penneys and Marks & Spencer. Last month, Nike also opened a new concept store at the centre.Goldman Sachs acquired the shopping centre, as well as two adjacent retail parks, external retail units and a five-storey office block, in December 2020 in a deal worth €750m. At the time, it described the centre as an “excellent asset in a prime location with a very strong mix of high-quality retailers.”

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Developer seeks permission for almost 200 apartments on site of old bakery in Phibsborough

 A DEVELOPER HAS sought planning permission to build almost 200 apartments in buildings up to 12 storeys in height on the site of an old bakery in Phibsborough, Co. Dublin, after a previous decision was quashed by the High Court. Bindford Limited has submitted a Large-scale Residential Development (LRD) application to Dublin City Council to build 196 apartments. This will include 118 build-to-sell apartments and 78 build-to-rent apartments at 113 Phibsborough Road, which is also known as the Old Bakery Site. The build-to-sell apartments will include 58 one-bed and 60 two-bed apartments. The build-to-rent will be made up of 52 studio, 22 one-bed and four two-bed apartments. The proposed development will be located at Cross Guns Bridge along the Royal Canal. The development will include the demolition of the existing buildings on the site which are connected with the old bakery and have been derelict for over 35 years, and replacing them with three apartment blocks.

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Dodder greenway construction plans divide pedestrians and cyclists

 At a time when the State is pumping tens of millions of euro into the construction of greenways for cyclists and walkers, one of the most challenging projects is dividing opinion. The Dodder Greenway, already many years in the planning, will run 17km from the Bohernabreena Reservoirs in the Dublin Mountains down to the Grand Canal docks in Dublin along the Dodder river on the southside of Dublin. Of all the pedestrian and cycle routes being constructed in the country from a Government budget of almost €300 million for walking and cycling infrastructure, the €22 million Dodder Greenway passes through the largest population catchment area and is turning out to be one of the most complicated to plan.

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Circular PL 02/2022 - Planning and Development Act (Exempted Development) Regulations 2022 (S.I. 75 of 2022)

 The Planning and Development (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2018 - S.I. No. 30 of 2018 - which came into operation on 8 February 2018, provided for an exemption from the requirement to obtain planning permission in respect of the change of use of certain vacant commercial premises, including vacant areas above ground floor premises, to residential use. The regulations are primarily aimed at facilitating the productive re-use of qualifying vacant commercial buildings as homes, while also facilitating urban renewal and the bringing on stream of increased housing supply. 

Planning and Development Act (Exempted Development) Regulations 2022 (S.I. 75 of 2022).

The Planning and Development Act (Exempted Development) Regulations 2022 (S.I. 75 of 2022) extends to 31 December 2025 the exemption given by SI 30 of 2018 and satisfies the commitment given by action 20.3 of Housing for All. In order to avail of the exemptions being provided for, the structure, or part of the structure, which is the subject of the change of use must have been vacant for at least 2 years immediately prior to the commencement of the relevant works, with such works being required to be completed by 31 December 2025.

In addition to the classes of use that qualified under the 2018 change of use exempted development provisions – i.e. Classes 1, 2, 3 and 6 – as outlined in Part 4 of Schedule 2 of the Principal Regulations, the new regulations extend the provisions to a new Class 12 - Use as a Public House, meaning a premises which has been licensed for the sale and consumption of intoxicating liquor on the premises under the Licensing Acts 1833 to 2018. The conditions and limitations that applied to the 2018 exempted development provisions, as outlined in previous Circular Letter PL 01/2018, will continue to apply under these regulations which include: 

- Related works shall primarily affect the interior of the building, with limited external works being permitted which are in keeping with the building and neighbouring buildings, including the provision of on-street access to upper floors, and alterations to existing ground floor shop fronts in respect of window and architectural details. 

- Works to the ground floor of any structure shall not conflict with an objective in a development plan for the structure to remain in retail use, with the exception, as mentioned above, of works solely for the provision of on-street access to upper floors. 

- No more than 9 individual residential units can be provided in a building. 

- Minimum standards shall apply to residential units being developed such as minimum requirements in relation to overall floor areas, storage space requirements and the need for adequate natural light in living rooms and bedrooms (see the “Sustainable Urban Housing: Design Standards for New Apartments - Guidelines for Planning Authorities”). 

- Works to a protected structure shall not be permitted unless a section 57 declaration has been issued by a planning authority to indicate the works will not affect the character or elements of the structure which has been identified for protection. 

- Works for the provision of on-site wastewater treatment and disposal systems i.e. septic tanks, shall not be permitted under the exemption. 

- Works shall not be permitted in a number of limited areas, such as areas of special planning control, areas to which special amenity area orders relate and within certain proximity distances of establishments to which the major accident regulations apply. 

- Care should be taken to ensure compliance with relevant legislative requirements in relation to the assessment of potential impacts on bats, their roosts and nesting birds arising from any proposed works in relevant buildings. 

A number of other general restrictions as set out in Article 9 of the Principal Regulations are identified as applying to this exemption. In addition, development must not contravene a condition attached to a permission issued under the Act, including any condition specifying the permitted use of the building concerned.

Notification Requirement 

As has applied since the introduction of the 2018 regulations, a planning authority must be notified in writing of the details of the development at least 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the proposed change of use, and related works, and the notification must include information on the location and details of residential units being developed. The new regulations further require that the notification must include the Eircode for the relevant property. A planning authority remains required to: 

- maintain a record of any notifications received, 

- make the record publicly available online and at their office, and

- submit annual returns to the Minister detailing the notifications received.

A link is provided here to the new regulations. 

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Wicklow County Council refuses €40m hotel plan at Magheramore Beach

 Wicklow County Council has refused planning permission for Creatively Pacific’s €40 million boutique holiday resort and surf school on the 21 acres of land above Magheramore Beach in Wicklow. The Council outlined seven reasons for its refusal, these included the failure of the applicant to demonstrate that the development would not adversely affect the Magherabeg Dunes, which are a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), given the potential number of visitors it would attract. The council also pointed to the “visual impact” the development would have on what is an “unspoilt location”. The Ecological Impact Assessment was also referred to by the Council, which said it failed to demonstrate the development would not have an impact “on locally important natural habitats, species, or wildlife corridors”.

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