Greystar appeals Monkstown build-to-rent planning refusal

Developer wants to construct a 488-unit scheme on the grounds around Dalguise House

Build-to-rent specialist Greystar is contesting Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s decision to refuse planning for a 488-unit scheme on grounds around Dalguise House on Monkstown Road in south Dublin.

Greystar subsidiary GEDV Monkstown Owner Limited has appealed the council’s planning refusal to An Bord Pleanála. The refusal came after more than 70 objections were lodged against the scheme.

It would comprise 488 new-build units and three two-storey, three-bed terraced units across ten blocks. One of the blocks would reach nine storeys.

In a planning report lodged with the application, planning consultant Tom Phillips said the scheme “will deliver the quality of residential units and associated amenities that residents of Greystar’s schemes expect within an accessible, high-quality environment, all of which result in an exceptional living experience”.


A housing market report by KPMG lodged with the application said its composition “offers increased capacity for the growing number of smaller households in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and serves to meet the area’s changing demand for a variety of unit sizes and tenure types”.

The council refused planning permission after concluding that the development would result in a proliferation of build-to-rent accommodation and the very high quantum of one-bed units “and would not provide for a sustainable mix of tenure housing type”.

The council also highlighted the location of the site within the curtilage of a protected structure, Dalguise House. It said the proposed development due to its height would have a detrimental visually overbearing impact on the building. It also pointed out that the quality of bicycle parking did not meet the required standard to support the reduced car-parking for the scheme.

Gordon Deegan

Gordon Deegan

Gordon Deegan is a contributor to The Irish Times