06 Nov 2019

Deputation Meeting with Council

We held a deputation meeting with members of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council last month. Four members of the committee attended the meeting along with representatives of various Council departments and County Councillors. We discussed issues relating to drainage, the built environment, traffic etc. We’ve been very impressed that in the time since that meeting the Council has come to tackle some of our issues.

You may have noticed that we now no longer have our long-established swimming pool at the end of Farmhill Drive and Larchfield Road. The drainage issue at this location has finally been investigated properly, and is being repaired. The drainage people also responded to these issues:

  • Gullies to be upgraded (i.e. two at Farmhill Dr/Larchfield Rd junction and one at Larchfield Road/Friarsland Rd junction)
  • One new gulley to be installed at old Goatstown Road/Larchfield Road junction where ponding occurs at dished footpath.
  • Damaged gully lid at Larchfield Park/Farmhill Road junction

The Council also came and put new kerbing along the old stretch of Goatstown Road, close to the end of Larchfield Road.

We’ve been so impressed with the response that we’ve already requested another Deputation meeting for next year!

24 Oct 2019

Judicial Review – OLG Development

Background:
As you are probably all aware, the developer Durkan applied for planning for the site at the back of the campus via the Strategic Housing Development scheme, the fast-track process. The development is to consist of 132 units, in 3 five storey apartment blocks, 19 houses, a new afterschool building, and a smaller 3 storey apartment block.

At the end of August An Bord Pleanála granted permission for this development in its entirety. There were approximately 50 objections in total – from residents, parents at the schools, various politicians, as well as from the Residents’ Association. The CEO of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council recommended in her report that planning be refused, as the development contravened The County Development Plan. The Council’s argument was that the conditions associated with the “Inst” designation on the zoning were not being followed. However despite this, An Bord Pleanála decided to go ahead and award planning, with no significant conditions attached.

This was a very disappointing decision, and one that will not only have an impact on our community, but also a decision that effectively negates the protection afforded to Institutionally zoned land in the whole of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown.

Judicial Review
There is no facility for appeal with the SHD/ fast track process. It also appears that the Council’s opinion is effectively meaningless. Certainly in this case it did not appear to be a significant weighting factor. The only option to review the decision after permission is granted is to request a Judicial Review at the High Court. The prohibitive cost of this means that most people are not in a position to take this route. Also it is worth noting that a Judicial Review can only be taken on a point of law, not on the planning decisions.

A resident on Friarsland Road is taking the case to the High Court. His case makes various points but the main ones relate to the superceding of the zoning. It is an absurd situation that this resident is effectively defending ALL “Inst” zoned land in the whole of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown. This judgement will be relevant to all land zoned this way across the county. The prohibitive cost means that this resident has no choice but to take the case himself, without legal representation.

Last week leave to apply for a judicial review was granted. An Bord Pleanála and Durkan will most likely be submitting their own arguments, and the hearing will take place on December 17th. The judge’s decision may or may not be made on that date.

The Residents’ Association is fully supportive of this resident’s actions, and applaud him on his remarkable achievement to date.

08 Oct 2019

Community, Cultural and Civic Facilities in Dundrum – Association’s Submission

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council commissioned work on an Action Plan for Community, Cultural and Civic for Dundrum. A public consultation was part of this plan. The Residents’ Association submitted a response outlining the lack of civic, cultural, community, park and leisure facilities in the Plan Area, as well as the poor public cycling and pedestrian provisions, and inadequate permeability between locations.

The areas we focus on in our submission are:

  1. Main Civic, Cultural and Community facility:
    Location: Dundrum Village centre.
  2. Dundrum Park with provision for Indoor and Outdoor Recreation
    Location: Central Mental Hospital (CMH) Site
  3. Improving Liveability by improving walking and Cycling infrastructure
    Location: All

You can download and read this submission here.

08 Oct 2019

Central Mental Hospital – LDA’s Thinking

An eagle-eyed member of the Association’s committee spotted the Land Development Agency’s submission to the recent Dundrum Local Area Plan’s public consultation process. It gives an interesting insight into the LDA’s plans for this site.

From our reading of it, the thinking at the time of the submission seems to be:
1) Keeping and refurbishment of buildings to the north.
2) High housing density (Note, 1,500 units is mentioned but that has since been revised down to 1,200 on the LDA’s website).
3) ‘Connections to the wider community’
4) Minimising car parking and ‘reliance on private car commuting’
5) Addition of 2nd vehicle entrance – ‘For emergency purposes’. 

You can download and view the submission here. (Word .docx, 2.9MB)

12 Sep 2019

Runners Up – Tidy Districts Competition 2019

We were awarded Runners Up in this year’s Tidy Districts Competition! Well done to our fantastic Tidy Districts’ Team, and to everyone who came out and helped during the year. We’ve won a prize for 3 out of the last 4 years. Not bad, not bad at all.

Winners and Runners Up 2019

You can read more about it on the DLR website. While the competition is primarily an anti-litter and anti-graffiti competition, it has evolved over the years and now considers biodiversity, ecological projects and community engagement. This year, a new climate change category was added. This category seeks to encourage and reward positive climate action. So if anyone has any ideas please let us know.

12 Sep 2019

Coffee Morning – Amount Collected

We are delighted to say that just under €1,000 was collected at last Saturday morning’s Coffee Morning in aid of the Harold’s Cross and Blackrock Hospices. Thanks to everyone who donated so generously and thanks too to all the volunteers who helped organise the event. A special thanks to Lynam’s who very kindly co-hosted this event.

If you weren’t able to attend on the morning, you can still donate. You can find the Hospice collection boxes on the counter in Lynam’s.

Update 1/10/19: A total of €1,352.00 was collected. Thanks to everyone who supported this very worthy cause.