Investment of €28 million in Balbriggan, creating hundreds of jobs.
The Managing Director of Rhonellen Developments, which has secured
planning permission for the development of 95 residential units at a derelict
shopping centre in Balbriggan, said today he was very surprised at the attitude
of some individuals on the local Community Council in opposing the plans.
AJ Noonan said his company had been painstaking in its planning for the
development of Templar Place, designing a residential and retail scheme which
would greatly benefit the town and provide much needed accommodation.
Mr Noonan said: “The current old shopping centre between Quay Street and
High Street has been derelict for some time and is an eyesore. Our plans for
the location have involved inputting the best advice from a team of architects,
conservation architects, civil engineers, mechanical engineers, landscape
consultants, planning consultants and daylight consultants.
“We have been painstaking over the last 18 months in putting together the
scheme as we see it ultimately being part of the fabric of the town, removing
an eyesore that continues to deteriorate. This scheme will breathe new life
into the town centre, provide badly needed accommodation for people to live
in the heart of the community. It is designed as a build to rent. The Private
rented accommodation will benefit from beautiful landscaped gardens and a
very large common area to encompass lounges, meeting rooms and gym.
“We have consulted extensively with Fingal Co. Council and An Bord Pleanála
to create the best possible outcome for the site while remaining true to the
sense of community in the locality. An Bord Pleanála dealt with the concerns of
High St residents by cutting a number of apartments while recognising the
project had to remain viable.
“There will be an investment of €28 million in the project, creating hundreds of
jobs during and post construction. This is a vote of confidence in the
sustainable development of the town. My team and I are working with both
pension funds and International REITs to provide much needed private rented
accommodation for families and individuals in the Balbriggan area.
“It is very disappointing that certain individuals are considering embarking on a
costly legal action. We believe that the cost of a judicial review could be in the
region of €300,000.”
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