The Deerhunter site is still empty after many years and there is a great desire locally to redevelop it in a positive way – for example with housing and open space.
A new proposal has been lodged with Dun Laoghaire County Council to redevelop the former Deerhunter site with
- A 141 bed, 5-storey nursing home
- A 3-storey Lidl supermarket
- A medical centre
- 139 parking spaces
You can download the full plans here as a pdf:
This follows the failed planning application lodged last year to redevelop the site with a drive-through fast food restaurant. I previously wrote about proposal.
Planning rules state that a nursing home must provide adequate open space – about an acre for every 200 people. There are 141 beds planned so that’s about two thirds of an acre of open space required.
The planned nursing home is a large office block-shaped, rectangular building to be placed near the roundabout. Because the site is curved, the leftover bits of open space land are oddly shaped; the result of pushing a square peg in a round hole.
I would prefer if the nursing home was laid out so that the open space was contained in a central courtyard, rather than expecting older people to spend time outdoors, next to a roundabout. The building should be configured to follow the contours of the site boundary.
An ALDI supermarket is already planned for Sallynoggin on the site of White and Delahunty Motors. That plan is currently going through planning and is being appealed by Tesco. This plan proposes a Lidl. This will mean that the area in future will have a Tesco, an ALDI and a Lidl. I can’t see how small retailers in Sallynoggin village will be able to stay open when faced with this competition.
This site is at the top of a hill and the gateway to Sallynoggin. Whatever is built here will be a landmark for the area. The proposed nursing home looks like an office block rather than a home. Lidl have proposed their standard shed-type building. I think they should do a lot better. Last year’s proposed redevelopment was refused because of the poor quality of the architecture proposed. It’s a disappointment that this scheme looks like it’s using an industrial estate style guide.
There are 139 parking spaces planned and it appears that none of these are wired for electric vehicle charging. In years to come when electric vehicles are common, the wiring should be in place to allow this. The county development plan states that at least 10% of parking spaces in a new development should be available for electric vehicle charging.
If you have any thoughts on this or on other issues in Sallynoggin then please let me know-
The planners have requested ‘further information’ on this application which will delay the decision to approve or refuse.
The planners have suggested that the plans be revised so that the side of the Nursing Home fronting onto Sallynoggin Avenue is reduced in height by one or two storeys and that it is broken up to ‘provide visual interest’. Also they suggest using higher quality materials in the facades of the Nursing Home and the Supermarket.
There are 17 changes requested in all and I suspect that by the time the developer has answered all of them, that the ALDI will be approved by Bord Pleanala, allowing the council to refuse the Lidl. It might be an idea for the developer to consider another use such as housing for the Supermarket site.