Rosemont School (currently located off Barclay Court, Blackrock) has applied for planning permission for new premises on the Enniskerry Road (see application overleaf). The land at that location was re-zoned by the Council as part of the new County Development Plan and I understand the school plans to be in situ in Sandyford for the new school year 2011/2012.

Registration Reference:        D10A/0214

Application received:             21st April 2010

Applicant name:                     Rosemont Educational Foundation Limited

Location:                                ‘Balgara’ and ‘Grasslands’, Enniskerry Road, Sandyford, Dublin 18 (in the town land of Newtown Little)

Proposal:                                Planning permission for development on a site of approximately 4.2 hectares. The development will consist of the following: the demolition of an existing house and garage (at ‘Balgara’) and the use of existing house ‘Grasslands’ for residential use / as caretaker’s house; and the construction of a 2-stream secondary school development (approx 5,460sq.m gross floor area) in a split level building (with a maximum ridge height of 10.67 metres). The constituent elements of the proposal comprise: double height main physical education hall, changing / storage / toilet & ancillary areas at lower ground floor associated mezzanine viewing balcony and external terrace on western elevation at first floor level; single to two storey general purpose element including assembly hall, oratory, tutorial / meeting / coaching rooms, ancillary administration, substation and other areas at ground floor level; two storey classroom element including staff rooms, library, meeting room, fire escape ramp along with ancillary areas; revisions to existing access to ‘Balgara’ to facilitate vehicular / pedestrian & cycle access, closure of existing second access to ‘Balgara’ and provision of a new pedestrian access located immediately to the north of the ‘Grasslands’ residence; 48 No. standard car parking spaces, 2 No. accessible parking spaces, 70 No. cycle parking spaces with overhead open canopy shelter and 2 No. bus parking spaces; outdoor hockey pitch and 4 No. hard play areas. The proposed development also includes hard & soft landscaping (including boundary treatments, school garden and attenuation area) all internal vehicular, cycle & pedestrian infrastructure and all associated site development and services works.

Application type: Permission

From Rosemont’s web site (click here):

Planning Application Lodged for New School in Sandyford


28th April 2010


Rosemont Educational Foundation Limited has lodged a planning application with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to develop a new Rosemont Secondary School at Enniskerry Road, Sandyford, Dublin 18, near Lamb’s Cross. The proposed new school will replace the existing facility at Blackrock and is expected to cater for 300 students and associated teaching and support staff. There will be two classes per year plus specialist classrooms for science, home economics, art and languages as well as a sports hall, library and assembly hall. Staff/tutorial/meeting rooms will also be included. In addition, there will be an indoor PE hall and outdoor sports facilities to include a hockey pitch and 4 hard courts for tennis and basketball.


This proposed new school will provide facilities for academic and practical subjects, as well as indoor and outdoor sports areas, a dedicated library and other amenities to ensure that pupils continue to achieve excellence & to value the educational opportunities they receive by using their talents to serve the communities in which they live. A decision on the planning application is expected within a few months and subject to a favourable outcome, the school can be built within a year.


Rosemont Education Foundation Ltd has been providing education in  Dun Laoghaire Rathdown since 1988 at its existing school on a constrained site at Temple Hill, Blackrock where it caters for over 100 pupils.

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