Dublin City Council

 

Question to City Manager               City Council Meeting 10/01/2011

  

Q59.    COUNCILLOR CIERAN PERRY
            Will the Manager comment on the amended Section 25 application currently
            before the DDDA in relation to the Spencer Dock development designated Block N? Can he comment specifically on the fact that the apartment sizes do not adhere to the current Dublin City Council standards, noting that future occupants will be allocated from the DCC housing list. Can he also comment on the fact that the proposed development does not comply with the North Lotts Planning Scheme in relation to the social mix? Would the Manager support a redesign of the development which would include the integration of affordable units with the social units similar to the proposed O’Devaney Gardens development?

CITY MANAGER’S REPLY:
In relation to the above question, Dublin City Council has in place a development agreement with Spencer Dock Development Company to provide 112 dwellings to be used for social housing.  This project is as a direct result of the Part V social / affordable housing requirement under the Planning Acts, and is required as part of the overall planning permission for the Spencer Dock Development.

This scheme is located in the Dublin Docklands Development Authority administrative area, and was administered and processed by the Docklands Planning Department, as a Section 25 amendment application.

The development is located on the Spencer Dock Site adjacent to Sheriff St. Upper and New Wapping Street, Dublin 1.

The scheme comprises of 112 dwellings contained in three blocks oriented on a north south axis, positioned on a podium which accommodates plant rooms, storage units, and car parking for 42 no. cars, arranged around a central courtyard at podium level.

The breakdown of unit types and aspect are as follows:

  • 3 No. 3 bed own door duplex - dual aspect units
  • 4 No. 3 bed own door units – triple aspect units
  • 4 No. 3 bed apartments - triple aspect units
  • 15 No. 3 bed apartments – dual aspect
  • 6 No. 2 bed own door duplex units – single aspect
  • 2 No. 2 bed own door units – triple aspect
  • 1 No. 2 bed duplex apartment – single aspect
  • 46 No. 2 bed apartments – dual aspect
  • 1 No. 2 bed apartment – single aspect
  • 5 No. 2 bed apartments – triple aspect
  • 14 No. 1 bed apartments – single aspect
  • 11 No. 1 bed apartments – dual aspect

 

This housing project was designed in 2004 – 2005 in compliance with the then applicable housing design standards as issued by the DOE in 1999, and revised in May 2002, which called for the following size standards for Social Housing & Residential development:

1 Bed 1 person unit – 38 Sq. M
1 Bed 2 person unit – 42 Sq. M
2 Bed 3 person unit – 52 Sq. M – Single storey (Apartment)
2 Bed 3 person unit – 69 Sq. M – Two storey (House & Duplex)
3 Bed 4 person unit – 65 Sq. M – Single storey (Apartment)
3 Bed 4 person unit – 77 Sq. M – Two storey (House & Duplex)
    
Average unit sizes proposed are as follows:
1 bed units: 41.5 Sq. M.
2 bed units: 68.38 Sq. M.
3 bed units: 83.88 Sq. M.

These sizes are generally in line with the standards and area requirements as applicable at the time of their Planning Application, as set out above.

There have been a number of increases in floor area / size standards and requirements in the intervening time between the Grant of Permission (2005), and the current area / size standards, as now applicable under the Dublin City Development Plan 2011 – 2017.

Current size standards as per the Development Plan 2011 – 2017 are set as the following targets:

1 bed units: 55 Sq. M.
2 bed units: 80 - 90 Sq. M.
3 bed units: 100 Sq. M

 

The Social mix of the Spencer Dock Scheme was considered in detail at the planning stage of this scheme, and it was proposed that Block N would include one block (N3) of affordable housing, and it would proceed on the provision that Block M (a private residential block) would proceed within 12 months of the commencement of Block N construction on site.  These were conditions in the Planning Permission as Granted by Dublin Docklands Planning Department in DD326 of June 2005.

Planning
DDDA Certificate No. 167 is the parent planning approval to Spencer Dock Development Company for all of Spencer Dock Development. DDDA Certificate No. 326 is related to Block N & M.  A number of minor amendments to Block N, M. DDDA 513 & 546 have been certified.  A further amendment DDDA 586 to decouple Block N from M was refused certification.

It is currently proposed to utilise the 112 dwellings for use in providing social general needs & Older Persons Accommodation.

 

Q60.    COUNCILLOR CIERAN PERRY
            In relation to the amended Section 25 application currently before the DDDA can
            the Manager provide a breakdown of the number of apartments which do not meet the current DCC standards?

 

CITY MANAGER’S REPLY:
The scheme comprises 112 dwellings contained in three blocks oriented on a north south axis, positioned on a podium which accommodates plant rooms, storage units, and car parking for 42 no. cars, arranged around a central courtyard at podium level.

The breakdown of unit types and aspect are as follows:

  • 3 No. 3 bed own door duplex - dual aspect units
  • 4 No. 3 bed own door units – triple aspect units
  • 4 No. 3 bed apartments - triple aspect units
  • 15 No. 3 bed apartments – dual aspect
  • 6 No. 2 bed own door duplex units – single aspect
  • 2 No. 2 bed own door units – triple aspect
  • 1 No. 2 bed duplex apartment – single aspect
  • 46 No. 2 bed apartments – dual aspect
  • 1 No. 2 bed apartment – single aspect
  • 5 No. 2 bed apartments – triple aspect
  • 14 No. 1 bed apartments – single aspect
  • 11 No. 1 bed apartments – dual aspect

This housing project was designed in 2004 – 2005 in compliance with the then applicable housing design standards as issued by the DOE in 1999, and revised in May 2002, which called for the following size standards for Social Housing & Residential development:

1 Bed 1 person unit – 38 Sq. M
1 Bed 2 person unit – 42 Sq. M
2 Bed 3 person unit – 52 Sq. M – Single storey (Apartment)
2 Bed 3 person unit – 69 Sq. M – Two storey (House & Duplex)
3 Bed 4 person unit – 65 Sq. M – Single storey (Apartment)
3 Bed 4 person unit – 77 Sq. M – Two storey (House & Duplex)
    
Average unit sizes proposed are as follows:
1 bed units: 41.5 Sq. M.
2 bed units: 68.38 Sq. M.
3 bed units: 83.88 Sq. M.

These sizes are generally in line with the standards and area requirements as applicable at the time of their Planning Application, as set out above.

There have been a number of increases in floor area / size standards and requirements in the intervening time between the Grant of Permission (2005), and the current area / size standards, as now applicable under the Dublin City Development Plan 2011 – 2017.

Current size standards as per the Development Plan 2011 – 2017 are set as the following targets:

1 bed units: 55 Sq. M.
2 bed units: 80 - 90 Sq. M.
3 bed units: 100 Sq. M

 

The Social mix of the Spencer Dock Scheme was considered in detail at the planning stage of this scheme, and it was proposed that Block N would include one block (N3) of affordable housing, and it would proceed on the provision that Block M (a private residential block) would proceed within 12 months of the commencement of Block N construction on site. These were conditions in the Planning Permission as Granted by Dublin Docklands Planning Department in DD326 of June 2005.

Planning
DDDA Certificate No. 167 is the parent planning approval to Spencer Dock Development Company for all of Spencer Dock Development.  DDDA Certificate No. 326 is related to Block N & M. A number of minor amendments to Block N, M. DDDA 513 & 546 have been certified.  A further amendment DDDA 586 to decouple Block N from M was refused certification.

 

Q61.    COUNCILLOR CIERAN PERRY
            Can the Manager list any developments built since the adoption of the current
            apartment size standards where the units do not meet the current standards

 

CITY MANAGER’S REPLY:
Dublin City Council requires all planning applications for apartment developments to comply with the residential standards contained in the current development plan.  Prior to 22nd December 2010, these standards were contained in Variation 21 of the Dublin City Development Plan 2005-2011, adopted on 3rd December 2007.  These standards have now been incorporated subject to some minor modifications into the new Dublin City Development Plan 2011-2017 and, again, all applications will be required to comply with the development standards.

It is a requirement that all planning applications lodged with the Planning Authority comply with the relevant standards.

Since planning permissions generally have a life span of 5 years, it should be noted that some apartment developments granted planning permission before the 3rd December 2007 but built after that date would be in compliance with the earlier standards.  There is no record of any developments approved pursuant to the new standards that are of variance to these standards

 

Q62.    COUNCILLOR CIERAN PERRY
            In relation to Question 114 for the December City Council meeting can the Manager supply the following information:
1. The Landlords of each of the properties
2. The current rental cost of each of the properties
3. Any contract options which allow for rental increases