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Cairn Homes Out To Supersize Greystones?


Having just gotten approval for 426 new dwellings here, Cairn Homes have also made a submission to Wicklow County Council to increase the density of their Greystones housing plans.

Because we’re apparently ripe for such growth, given we’re on the Dart line.

And so, so close to Dublin.

Having delivered around 250 new homes over a 3-year period in Greystones, with planning permission being currently sought for an additional 354 new homes – alongside the 426 approved – in the town, Cairn Homes point out that they own additional land in Greystones, Blessington and Enniskerry with the capacity to deliver somewhere in the region of 1,200 new homes during the lifetime of the current County Development Plan (which ends in 2021).

In a long and detailed submission on January 10th, Cairn Homes put forward the point that the Greystones/Delgany area is a Large Growth Town, and therefore we basically need all the houses we can get.

They also point out that their submission addresses policies related to the delivery of housing and supporting infrastructure. Sadly, they don’t mention building an underground eight-lane motorway all the way to Dublin city centre to help with that buckled infrastructure.

On the commuter front, Cairn do state that they are ‘conscious that a large proportion of the Greystones working population travel outside the town for employment‘, and is therefore keen to provide ‘a wider range of services and employment opportunities within the town’.

And so, alongside all those hundreds of new homes, Cairn are keen to build some workspaces in Greystones too. Given that they own 6.6Ha of employment-zoned land in Charlesland.

Cairn reckons this land could ‘accommodate c. 1,500 jobs in Greystones’, having already applied for a 1,356 sq.m Community Enterprise Centre and 1,376 Office building as part of a SHD application to An Bord Pleanala, which is currently under consideration.

So, Cairn Homes clearly haven’t finished with Greystones just yet. You can read the full submission right about here. Or here.

7 Comments

  1. James says:

    Another crash worse than 2008 on the way Central banks printing paper money out of thin air,with no tangible assets to back it only junk bonds, lowering interest rate’s to zero in desperation to keep the ponzi scene going
    .

  2. Miranda says:

    It’s a total disgrace and whoever gave planning permission should be made to rethink it. The harbour still not finished after HOW MANY YEARS. Not called the ghetto for no good reason. The cove is not called the Rat traps for the same reason. Greystones is on borrowed time. Where is all the sewage going to go. People complain about N11 being a car park so now by the time this building fiasco is finished we will probably have a further 1000 extra cars on the roads. When are people in power going to use their brains instead of their greedy little wallets.

  3. mary Marmion says:

    How do people afford these homes? Who is buying these properties?

    • Miranda says:

      The Banks just as they did before the crash

      • James says:

        Another crash worse than 2008 on the way Central banks printing paper money out of thin air,with no tangible assets to back it only junk bonds, lowering interest rate’s to zero in desperation to keep the ponzi scene going
        .

    • James says:

      My opinion to Miranda this development is the last. straw that will destroy Delgany Greystones as the most livable town in Ireland, It will become one huge car jungle and the goads in and out will be chockablock

  4. Tricia Cusack says:

    This letter I had published in the Irish Times, 23.1.20 is relevant!:
    Irish Times
    Planning and the capital
    Thu, Jan 23, 2020

    Sir, – Sheila Deegan (Letters, January 21st) is worried about relaxed planning guidelines in Dublin “creating ghettos for the future”. A lack of imaginative planning is a problem in other places too, with apartment blocks proliferating without proper infrastructure and a shocking lack of publicly accessible green space, especially semi-wild or biodiverse public space. One of the reasons for this situation may be that local councillors seem to have so little planning power, which is either controlled centrally, or wielded by profiteering local developers. – Yours, etc,
    TRICIA CUSACK,
    Greystones,
    Co Wicklow.

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