A planning application for a housing development of 1,323 residential units, a 32-acre nature park, crèches and links to the Broadmeadow Greenway has been given the green light to commence construction. The decision follows a settlement agreement reached by a property company, Aledo Donabate Ltd and the area’s residents.

Following a public meeting hosted by Donabate Portrane Community Council (DPCC), the 344 residents who attended the meeting voted overwhelmingly in favour of the housing project going ahead in the coming months.

The Donabate Portrane Community Council hosted a public meeting on Wednesday, 21 February, at the Shoreline Hotel Donabate. The community group called the meeting to discuss the Corballis East SHD/LRD development and the judicial review brought by the group. Independent peace commissioner Alan Boyce moderated the evening.

The project can now commence following a binding agreement and the judicial review being struck out following agreement by the two parties. The first phase will consist of circa 600 new homes, two creches, local shops and a site for a new 24-classroom primary school.

The project’s centrepiece is a nature park that remains at 13 hectares. The nature park will provide a natural amenity for local residents who will be able to observe wildlife throughout the year, in particular winter feeding birds that will be encouraged to feed here. In partnership with Fingal County Council, the area will be maintained as a world-class natural habitat to stimulate education and encourage recreation without disturbing the natural habitat.

A cycle and pedestrian link to the approved Broadmeadow Greenway will be developed, as will a cycle and pedestrian link, which will connect the proposed development to Donabate Train Station and Newbridge Demesne via a new footbridge crossing over the Dublin/Belfast railway line.

The site at Corballis, Donabate, is being developed by Aledo Donabate Ltd, part of the Cannon Kirk Group, in conjunction with Lioncor. Part of the site has already been granted permission to build 54 units and some retail to the rear of Smyths Bridge Public House. As part of the agreement, Aledo Donabate Ltd has committed to provide community support of €10,000 per annum for the next 10 years, with the community also benefiting from a dedicated community building in the first phase.

Donabate is defined as a strategic development area under the Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES).

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