ell, there goes the really, really posh neighbourhood, as the Killruddery estate is about to say hello to 175 new neighbours.
Wicklow County Council have just given the thumbs up to Phase 1 of a 2-phase housing development on the iconic Bray property. With 32 conditions.
Back in June 2019, when the eight-acre site was sold, it was believed that Glenveagh Properties – the gang behind the Marina Village – had paid around €9m for the land.
Clearly, the Brabazon family need a little extra pocket money. And it’s nice to see the dark green land in question is heart-shaped.
“Ibiza looks pretty wicked…”
After the euro sign proved too difficult.
It was under the new Bray Local Area Plan in 2018 that the land behind Parklands Office Park and opposite Bray Golf Club was rezoned for residential use. Speaking about the land purchase, Glenveagh chief executive Justin Bickle said at the time that no decision had been made on whether the Bray properties would be sold to occupiers or build-to-rent operators.
And now Wicklow Planning have approved application no.211453, with conditions…
The proposal is for Phase 1 of a 2-phase housing development and will consist of: A) The construction of 96 no. dwellings (and single storey crèche c. 175 sq. m.) comprising 10 no. 2 bedroom 2 storey houses, 65 no. 3 bedroom 2 storey houses, 1 no. 4 bedroom detached house (3 storey to front 2 storey to rear), 6 no. 3 bedroom ‘Courtyard’ dwellings (2 storey), and 11 no. part 2 storey/3 storey 4 bedroom ‘Courtyard’ dwelling, 3 no. 1 bedroom apartments in 1 no. 3 storey building. B) All ancillary development works including footpaths, landscaping boundary treatments, public, private and communal open space areas (including balcony or terrace), car and bicycle parking, single storey ESB substations/bicycle stores regrading/re-profiling of site where required and all ancillary site development/construction works (and all new site services connections); C) Vehicular access will be from the Southern Cross Road (R768) via the existing entrance serving Kilruddery House & Gardens & Parklands Office Park. The works will entail the talking-down, relocation and reconfiguration of the existing Kilruddery entrance gates and piers (a protected structure) further within Kilruddery House & Gardens, with new access to the proposed residential development via new overall revised entrance arrangement (including to existing dwelling) and access route. It is also proposed to provide pedestrian access to the north and pedestrian access to eastern boundary (from R761); the proposed development will allow for all roads, services and landscaping for Phase 1 and Phase 2 sites.
Given the demand for new houses in the area, the sale will be welcomed by many, especially given that prices continue to rise in this area. And yet, this is Killruddery, one of the most beautiful estates in Ireland. Seems a shame that such an estate would need an estate.
You can check out the Killruddery 211453 plans on Wicklow Planning here, and other new homes being planned for Greystones here.
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