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Simmonstown, Celbridge, Co. Kildare – approx. 17 acres, Zoned New Residential & Community & Educatio


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Approx. 17 acres (6.9 ha) – 10.5 acres Zoned New Residential plus a segment – 6.5 acres Zoned Community & Educational

• Substantial greenfield development opportunity extending to approx. Approx. 17 acres (6.9ha)
• Benefits from Residential Zoning on approx. 10.5 acres
• The subject land is close to excellent transport links including Hazelhatch train station, M4 Motorway and within walking distance of schools, St. Wolstan's Shopping Centre and many sporting & leisure facilities.
• Excellent development opportunity situated in Celbridge, Co. Kildare
• The surrounding area consists primarily of established residential developments although there are some commercial and hospitality uses nearby.


Located approximately 22 kms from Dublin with access via the M4 motorway on the Dublin/Galway route is the very popular town of Celbridge. Due to its rapid growth over the past 50 – 60 years when the population was 567 persons in 1951 to the current population of 20,288, which has increased significantly over the past 20 – 25 years, Celbridge is fast becoming a major satellite town of the greater Dublin area.

Celbridge has an abundance of amenities locally that can satisfy the needs of the modern family looking for the right location that offers them an easy commute to Dublin and its environs. There are excellent employment opportunities in the area, first class sporting and leisure amenities, and a wide range of shops in the town including Tesco, Lidl & Aldi. The St. Wolstan's shopping centre is less than 1km from the subject lands. For those looking for some retail therapy Liffey Valley Shopping Centre is about a 15 minute drive and Blanchardstown Shopping Centre approx. 30 minutes. The Kildare Village outlet centre is approx. 45 mins drive via the M7.

Celbridge is surrounded by countryside and green pastures on all sides and has the magnificent Castletown House and Parklands right on the edge of the town with access directly off the Maim Street.

Development has occurred to the north of the Liffey, between Main Street and the M4 Motorway. Development to the south of the Liffey is focused along the Hazelhatch and Ardclough Roads with development over the last ten years taking place in the south of the town, in the areas of Primrose Gate, St. Wolstan's Abbey, and Hazelhatch Park. With the exception of the Crodaun and Castletown housing estates which were constructed in the mid-1970's the historic demesnes of Castletown, Donaghcumper and St. Wolstan's to the east of the town have remained free from development and retain their open landscape character.

Site Description

The property comprises a site which extends to approx. 17 acres (6.9 ha) and is well positioned on the Ardclough Road adjacent to the existing developments of Simmonstown Manor, Callenders Mill and Hazelhatch Park.

The subject lands are located approx. 600 metres the from Main Street. Less than 1km away on the Dublin Road is the St. Wolstan's Shopping Centre where the anchor store is SuperValu. Public transport is well serviced locally with the Hazelhatch Train Station via Simmonstown Manor and Hazelhatch Park, the 67 bus route to Merrion Square, Dublin and the 67X route which runs from Celbridge via Dublin City Centre to Belfield Campus at UCD offering commuters easy access to a vast area spanning North Kildare, West Dublin, Dublin City Centre and South County Dublin.


The site has two zoning objectives and they are as follows;

Section 1 – approx. 10.5 acres (4.249 ha) is identified in the Celbridge Local Area Plan 2017 – 2023 (LAP) and is zoned ‘New Residential' – the purpose of this zoning is to provide new residential developments that provide a sustainable mix of house types, sizes and tenures and that complement the existing residential mix.

Section 2 – approx. 6.535 acres (2.647 ha) is identified in the Celbridge Local Area Plan 2017 – 2023 (LAP) and is zoned ‘Community & Educational' – the purpose of this zoning is to provide for education, recreation, community and health.

The LAP also refers to Urban Design & Key Development Areas (KDA). To ensure development proposals conform with best practice urban design principles on the basis that well planned and integrated development will enhance the town and its environs and improve the quality of life of its residents.

It seeks to establish a framework for the future development of Celbridge. It is proposed to
consolidate growth within Key Development Areas that provide for the expansion of the town centre and the development of new residential neighbourhoods.

The subject land has been identified in the LAP in KDA 5 Simmonstown: New Residential Area.

The KDA of Simmonstown is located between Hazelhatch Park and Temple Manor residential estates to the north east and south west respectively. The lands measure approximately 35 ha in area and are currently in agricultural use. The lands are accessible from the Newtown/Ardclough Road. An overhead power line traverses the norther portion of the KDA.

Development in KDA 5 Simmonstown shall be subject to a Masterplan, prepared prior to the commencement of any development. No development shall be permitted in the masterplan area until such time as the masterplan is agree with the Planning Department.

The Masterplan will be required to:

1. Set out a detailed roads and infrastructure strategy for the development as a whole to include upgrading of existing roads, the construction of new roads and any other traffic safety measures. This strategy will be informed by a detailed traffic assessment to ascertain the extent of development hat could be supported by particular upgrading works.
2. Include detailed phasing proposals and an implementation strategy.
3. Have regard to a Sustainable Development in Urban Areas Guidelines of Planning Authorities, DECLG (2009) and is companion document Urban Design Manual
4. Include an appropriate level of community infrastructure to support development.
5. Provide public open space at a minimum rate of 15% of the total site are.


A residential area including a primary school that consolidates the southern environs of Celbridge, establishes an attractive edge to the town and provides for improved access to the Hazelhatch Road and train station.

Connectivity/ Movement

Vehicular access to this KDA should comprise a link street that connects the Newtown/Ardclough Road to the R405 (Hazelhatch Road) via Callenders Mill. A second point of access of the Newtown/Ardclough Road is desirable. Provision should also be made for a road connection to the Newtown/Ardclough Road, south of the Chelmsford residential estate. New streets and spaces should provide for a cycle and pedestrian friendly environment with designated cycle routes along arterial streets. A permeable and integrated street network shall be a key requirement of development proposals. All roads and streets should be designed in accordance with DMURS.

Built Form

The development of this KDA should reflect the established pattern of development in the area and should protect the amenity of adjoining residential estates. Development proposals shall safeguard the remains of discovered and undiscovered archaeology on the lands located within this KDA. Where overhead transmission cables traverse the site, proposed layouts shall comply with the recommended clearance distances identified by the ESB (ref. Section 17.11.2 of the Kildare County Development Plan 2017-2023). A primary school site shall be reserved to the centre of this KDA and should be integrated into the site layout of future development proposals. Design proposals for a new school should make a positive contribution to the character of this area. A mix of housing types that range from two to three storeys in height is encouraged. Landmark / feature buildings should be provided along prominent routes and at key junctions to provide for variety and legibility in the urban environment and to reinforce a hierarchy of streets and spaces. This site will accommodate medium to low-density residential development in the order of 30 units per hectare.

Landscape and Spaces

It is a key requirement of this KDA that the site of the ringfort identified on the Record of
Monuments and Places be integrated into a public open space and that an appropriate buffer is
established around the ringfort (Department of Arts, Heritage, Rural, Regional and Gaeltacht Affairs will advise at detailed design stage). This space will provide a unique focus for this new residential area. Development proposals should maintain the established building set back on the Newtown /Ardclough Road with areas of public open space being provided to the front of the site. A landscaped edge should be provided to the south of the site with a view to integrating new development into the landscape. Existing landscape features such as tree lines should be
incorporated into public open spaces. Open space networks that incorporate pedestrian and cycle routes, provide for passive and active recreation, promote ecology and integrate Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems are promoted.


There is no planning history connected to the subject lands.


Interested parties are invited to satisfy themselves in relation to the availability and adequacy of services.


We understand the property is held Freehold.


Becker Tansey Solicitors, Jubilee House, New Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Ph: 1800 228 328


Please note we have not tested any apparatus, fixtures, fittings, or services. Interested parties must undertake their own investigation into the working order of these items. All measurements are approximate and photographs provided for guidance only.


From Dublin take the M4 to Celbridge east, junction 5. At the top of the interchange take a left and proceed towards Celbridge. On entering the town the Abbey Lodge pub is on the right hand side. Take the second exit off this junction keeping the river Liffey on your right hand side (sign posted Ardclough). Continue on this road passing the developments The Grove and Simmonstown Manor on the left and directly after Simmonstown Manor the subject lands are located.
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