THE firm that recently got the go-ahead to build over 600 apartments on the RTÉ campus in Donnybrook is behind an application to build 314 new homes in Jigginstown, Naas.
The plan submitted this week from Cairn Homes seeks to build 208 houses, 78 apartments, 16 maisonettes, and 12 duplexes on two parcels to the east and west of Devoy Link Road, and a decision is due on the €60m development sometime in February.
This is the third such application made to An Bord Pleanàla (ABP) in just over a month for Kildare under the Strategic Housing Development (SHD) legislation after the 375 for Magee Barracks in Kildare (Ballymount Properties), and the 147 for Newtown, Kill (Resource Five Developments).
This legislation was introduced in 2017 by Minister Eoghan Murphy to fast track home-building in this crisis market, by allowing developers who planned for more than 100 homes in an application to bypass local authorities and seek permission From ABP.
This week it is expected he will ask the Dàil to extend this for a further two years after a report from his SHD review group suggested under-supply is still a major problem in urban areas.
In Cairn’s application for west Naas, they hope to demolish a single existing farmhouse and some sheds before breaking ground on a predominantly agricultural plot to begin building the 314 homes, as well as a crèche, a shop, and 1.32Ha (3.25ac) of open spaces, to include a playground and a pedestrian bridge over Yeomanstown (or Rathasker) stream.
Access to the sites will be from two existing roundabouts on the Devoy Link Road to facilitate the expected 578 car parking spaces planned for the development.
Cairn Homes is based at offices on Grand Canal Street in Dublin 2, and listed on the London Stock Exchange.
It was founded in 2014 by brothers Michael (46) and Kevin Stanley (53), out of the embers of Belmayne Developments after it had been NAMA-thinned, which itself grew out of Shannon Homes, and investor Alan McIntosh.
Cairn have completed 390 sales in 2018, and saw a 48 per cent jump in year-on-year profits that allowed first dividend payments in April.
Progress of this development can be followed on the An Bord Pleanàla website on 19/305701