Public Meeting Set To Thrash Out Plans To Halt O’Devaney Gardens Project

O'Devaney Gardens Proposals - Bartra

A large-scale development of more than 1,000 homes on the site of O’Devaney Gardens in the inner city has prompted locals to organise a public meeting on the matter tomorrow.

An attempt by independent city councillors to stop the increased height and density of the plan has been put on hold pending legal advice.

The scheme by Richard Barrett’s Bartra is comprised of 1,047 residential units and includes 10 apartment blocks.

The units are made up of 1,024 apartments and 23 houses with the site located in the north west inner city, adjoining the residential area of Stoneybatter.

One of the apartments blocks is to reach 14 storeys in height with two others rising to 12 storeys.

, Public Meeting Set To Thrash Out Plans To Halt O’Devaney Gardens Project
O’Devaney Gardens – Artist’s impression – Bartra plans

Lorcan Sirr, Lecturer in Housing at TU Dublin says the plans are outright barmy:

There’s going to be I think four tower blocks way above the height limit that’s allowed in Dublin…you’re going to put two thousand people into a residential area which is ok but there’s no consideration for any extra services that these people need.”

An open-air public meeting will take place close to the site at midday tomorrow. It’s being organised by the Stoneybatter-O’Devaney Action Group who plans to look for a Judicial Review of An Bord Pleanála’s decision.

The plans include:

  • 522 social and affordable homes, and a further 522 private homes.
  • Two new parks, dedicated cultural and community spaces, shops, a café and a crèche.
  • 1,044 A-rated social, affordable, and private homes
  • 2 acres of landscaped parkland
  • New playgrounds and a purpose built Multi Use Games Area (MUGA)
  • Dedicated cultural and community spaces
  • A new tree lined high street boulevard with restaurants, shops and cafes
  • 276 car parking spaces
  • Car sharing hub
  • 2,000 bicycle parking spaces