Iveagh Trust for Dolphin’s Barn

The housing charity is seeking permission to develop 25 apartments on a long derelict site on Dolphin's Barn Street



Housing charity The Iveagh Trust has submitted a planning application for a prominent but long-derelict site at the junction of Dolphin’s Barn Street and South Circular Road. The Trust proposes to develop 25 apartments for social housing on the site together with a retail space or community enterprise space at ground floor.

The site is owned by Dublin City Council and has a chequered history. Previously a terrace of  shops, the site became derelict at the time of road widening in Dolphin’s Barn in the early 2000s. In 2015, a developer Malkey Limited, secured planning permission for 12 apartments, expected to be used for social housing. The scheme was design by Shay Cleary Architects and comprised a mainly 6-storey building with ground floor retail. The development never took place, the permission lapsed and the Council then went into a protracted process to take the site back from Malkey Limited citing the lack of fulfillment of the planning permission.

In 2021, the Council sought offers from housing associations to develop the site and the competition was won by The Iveagh Trust. The Trust again engaged Shay Cleary Architects to design a building for the site. The current proposal is for a 6-8 storey frontage to Dolphin’s Barn Street with a landmark corner element at the junction with SCR and the building steps down progressively to the two-storey terrace behind it.  The apartments will be a mix of 1 and 2-bedroom units, including duplex units. A series of small terraces are proposed on the west elevation.

The planning application is now available to view online at www.dublincity.ie and submissions can be made on the proposals until 29th May 2024. The planning reference is 3581/24.

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