Plans for new south Dublin town revealed

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Dublin City Council (DCC) has revealed plans to build a new town on the south coast of the city.

‘Poolbeg West,’ south of the Docklands beside Ringsend, will have space for 3,000 new homes.

Up to 900 of the homes will be one-bedroom units, 450 will be three bedrooms or more and the balance will be two-bed properties.

Under existing planning rules, 10pc of all new homes must be for social housing.

The plan also includes a new bridge across the River Dodder, coupled with the extension of the Luas Red Line and more bus routes with car use minimised, and walking, cycling and public transport prioritised.

The 34-hectare site will have a mix of retail and residential blocks stretching up to 50 metres, or nine storeys.

Poolbeg West will include the former Irish Glass Bottle site which takes up 10-hectares – and 17 hectares owned by the Dublin Port Company which will continue to be used for port operations.

The Council hopes this new town will help ease the housing shortage by providing one and two bedroom homes for young families.

It will have 100,000sq m of commercial and retail space capable of accommodating up to 8,000 workers as well as a primary school and three public parks.

The planning scheme makes no reference to plans to develop a film studio.

Instead, the city council says it can be considered and there “may be” an opportunity to develop “media/digital media and film production” facilities on a portion of the site.

Dublin Bay Studios, who hope to build a production facility on the site, welcomed the council’s decision in a statement released yesterday by saying they want to:

“Create Ireland’s largest full-service film, TV and digital content production studios at Poolbeg West in Dublin City Centre; studios on a scale large enough to compete internationally and built in the inner city so that they will also be a catalyst for a cluster of all the many technologies, crafts, specialists, talent, finance, arts, culture, University R&D, and digital services that it needed for modern production, not only for film but for video games and virtual reality production.”

It added that the studio would create 1,800 direct jobs and a further 1,800 indirectly.