Councillor Cormac Devlin, Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown, was joined today by Brian Moran from Hines Ireland and other public representatives as he officially broke ground on the on the first key phase of construction at Cherrywood in South County Dublin. Today’s landmark event will pave the way for a brand new Town Centre and 4,000 new homes within the Hines landholding over next three years.

The first phase of development will create 180 new construction jobs in order to build three parks and 5.4 kilometres of roadways, pedestrian footpaths, cycle paths and greenways. It will also see the early planting of over 3,000 mature trees including oak and cherry varieties which will make for a well-established landscape prior to the arrival of Cherrywood residents.

Speaking at event Cllr. Cormac Devlin said “Cherrywood and its hinterland of Brides Glen, Lehaunstown and Brennanstown have a rich historic legacy. Today will see this area embark on a new historic journey of its own.”

“Cherrywood is the single largest undeveloped land-bank in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown, and is approximately 360 hectares in size. The County Council, in recognising the area’s strategic importance, applied to the then Fianna Fáil Government for Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) status, which was granted in May 2010.”

“Hines first bought the Cherrywood site in November 2014. Planning permission for the development will proceed in carefully planned stages, permission for road infrastructure and the parks was granted in 2016.”

“The provision of physical, social and educational infrastructure will be a condition of planning permission as the development proceeds. Further stages will involve the construction of two primary schools and a post-primary school. At least 10% of the housing stock will be reserved for social housing.”

When fully complete Cherrywood will comprise over 7,700 new homes, 33 hectares of parkland and 53,000 sq.m of retail space. This will complement the 52,000 sq.m of office space at Cherrywood Business Park. All of which will house 30,000 people and create thousands of jobs.”

“Cherrywood will be an exceptional development of residential, office, retail & multi-use parkland that will be at the vanguard of new town planning not just in Ireland but across the EU”, concluded Cllr. Devlin.