Developers Look To Scale Up Massive Coolock Apartments Plan

Chivers Jam Factory Coolock Plans. IMAGE: Platinum Land

British based developers Platinum Land who are to build hundreds of flats on the site of the old Chivers jam factory in Coolock have sought plans to increase the size of the project.

It is the second time the number of flats proposed at the site has been increased.

Platinum Land said it intended to build 350 apartments in blocks of up to five stories when it asked councillors to rezone the former industrial site in Coolock two years ago.

However, planning permission from An Bord Pleanála was granted earlier this year for 471 apartments in buildings up to nine storeys.

Chivers Jam Factory Coolock Plans. Image: Platinum Land

Now according to the Irish Times, the firm is asking the planning appeals board to allow another 80 apartments at the site and go up to 10 storeys.

The paper quotes local councillor John Lyons, who says the plan to increase the height is “a slap in the face to the local community”.

He said: “The greed of this company knows no bounds. While we need homes we need them in reasonable, sensible developments.

“This is not a sensible, integrated plan, it is a slap in the face to the local community.”