28 Jun

OLG Hockey Pitch – Response from DLR Planners

On foot of the planning application recently submitted by the Jesus and Mary College, OLG, for a new hockey pitch, DLR County Council have released three documents. They are requesting further information from the developers, who have six months to respond.

It makes for fascinating reading, and essentially what it means that this application, and also the main residential development (the planning application of which was due to be submitted during the summer), cannot proceed until these issues are resolved. The planners are not allowing any further “ad-hoc” development of this site, and are attempting to future-proof the area around the schools to allow for expansion. The reference to the recommended area size of schools is very interesting. Something we haven’t seen before.

The main points are: Read More

13 Jun

OLG Hockey Pitch – Observation Letter

We submitted an observation letter regarding the planning application for the new hockey pitch at the Jesus and Mary College, Our Lady’s Grove. Our points relate to community access, trees and parking. You can view it here.

A resident who lives backing on to the site also submitted a very thorough and well-researched letter of observation. He attaches a letter from the Religious Order given to residents in 2006. You can read this very interesting observation letter here.

The planning application reference number is: D18A/0387. You can access all the documentation by going here: http://planning.dlrcoco.ie/swiftlg/apas/run/wphappcriteria.display and inputting that reference number into “Planning Reference:” and clicking “Search!”.

As we mentioned before, we expect the planning application for the big residential development to go in in approximately 6 weeks.

15 May

OLG Hockey Pitch – Planning Application

The Board of Management of the Jesus and Mary College has submitted a planning application to upgrade the hockey pitch. The planning documents have just gone up online today.

It’s a pretty substantial planning application with various reports etc. You can view the documents on DLRCoCo Planning website here (click on “Documents” tab). The planning application reference number is: D18A/0387.

The final date for Observations is 5th June 2018.





(This is screenshot. To view all plans and reports visit DLRCoCo Planning website, ref. D18A/0387.)

17 Feb

Dundrum Main St. – Development Starting

Hammerson‘s (The British company that owns the Dundrum Town Centre, the old Dundrum Shopping Centre, and some of the Main Street, and who are currently working on plans for all this, see Imagine Dundrum.) have very recently submitted a planning application for the development of Ashgrove Terrace. This is the strip of run-down Edwardian(?) houses and shop fronts between the newsagents beside Deveney’s Off Licence on the cross-roads up to Roly Saul’s restaurant.

They have sent around artist’s impressions of how it will look from the Pembroke Square side (i.e. from the rear, the Town Centre side), where a new Fallon & Byrne will be located. But no images of how it will appear from the Sandyford Road side. The press release from Hammerson’s can be seen here.

This is the planning reference on the DLR Planning website: D18A/0140. Final date for observations is 22nd March 2018.


29 Nov

Future of Dundrum Mental Hospital Site – Parliamentary Question by Catherine Martin T.D.

Catherine Martin, our local Green Party T.D., asked a parliamentary question relating to the future use of the Dundrum Mental Hospital Site. This is the full text of the question, and the Minister’s response.

For Written Answer on : 28/11/2017
Question Number(s): *146 Question Reference(s): 50307/17 Written
Department: Public Expenditure and Reform

To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the OPW’s plans for use of the site of the central mental hospital, Dundrum, Dublin 14 when the facility is moved to the new national forensic mental health hospital in Portrane; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

– Catherine Martin TD

The Central Mental Hospital is in the full ownership of the Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland (CPW).  The Health Service Executive (HSE) currently occupy the site and I believe that they will move this facility to Portrane in the future.

Once the HSE vacate the site a decision will be made by the CPW on its future use having regard to the requirements of all other state bodies.

08 Nov

Imagine Dundrum – Oct Update

Here is a report received from Imagine Dundrum outlining their activities over the last four months which includes our contact with local representatives, the Minister for Housing, and the developers.  It also provides information on two formal submissions they made to the County’s CEO and relevant officials.

They have initiated a“One Thousand Signatures” campaign and hope that you can help by circulating information about Imagine Dundrum to as many of your friends and neighbours in the local area as possible.  The information about the campaign and the “One Thousand Signature” form  is in the attachment.

They are always happy to hear from you and would welcome your comments and suggestions. www.imaginedundrum.ie

29 Sep

Central Mental Hospital Site

There was an article published in the Independent earlier this year which included the Central Mental Hospital 20+ acre site as one that is to be fast tracked for housing – www.independent.ie/business/personal-finance/property-mortgages/state-to-offer-more-than-800-sites-for-at-least-50000-new-homes-35658572.html

It seems Clare Daly T.D. (of Dublin, Fingal constituency) recently raised a question about this in the Dáil.  Most likely this question was asked on behalf of the newly formed “Dundrum Housing Action” group – https://www.facebook.com/DundrumHousingAction/, who are campaigning for the construction of social housing on this site.

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12 Jun

Imagine Dundrum – Open Meeting This Thursday

Imagine Dundrum is holding an open meeting on Thursday June 15th.  The meeting will be held in the Sinnamon Hall, Taney Parish Centre, and run from 7.30 to 9.30 pm.

“This invitation is for all residents of Dundrum and surrounding areas.  We want to hear local people’s views and ideas in relation to Dundrum’s development. To get people thinking, we’ll start with some very short presentations -and a personal contribution by a well-known local ‘champion’.  An outline of the current position regarding the development of the ‘village site’; and also an update on the work Imagine Dundrum has been doing will follow.

 The main focus of the meeting will be the conversations that take place among the audience, which will give everyone attending a chance to have their say. All the ideas and views will be gathered together and presented in a report to Council officials and the developers.

 We want to create a strong community voice which can influence the development process in the best possible way!”

Click here to view the poster.


04 Jun

OLG – Campaign to Have Land Rezoned

If you would like to support this campaign, please contact all DLR Councillors and let them know how you feel about this issue. A copy and paste list of the Councillors’ email addresses, as well as a sample template email, can be found here.

A public meeting was held in The Goat last Tuesday evening to discuss the sale of lands at Our Lady’s Grove Schools. There was a very large turnout of concerned OLG parents and local residents. It was standing room only. Also present were Deputy Catherine Martin T.D. (GP), Cllr. Karen Furlong (GP), Cllr. Seamus O’Neill (Ind), Cllr. Shay Brennan (FF) and Cllr. Sorcha Nic Cormaic (SF). Representatives of Senator Neale Richmond (FG) and Minister Shane Ross T.D. (Ind) also attended.

That evening a “sold” banner was put on the “for sale” sign in front of the school. It is being reported in the media that the 5.4 acre site has been sold to Durkan’s, or at least, contracts are reported to have been signed. The price being reported is €13 million.

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23 May

OLG Land Sale – Public Meeting, Tues May 30th

There will be a public meeting on Tuesday next, 30th May at 8pm, upstairs in The Goat, regarding the sale of 5 acres of land attached to Our Lady’s Grove primary and secondary schools.

The Religious of Jesus and Mary is selling 5 acres of land (not just some but all of the last green space) attached to Our Lady’s Grove primary and secondary schools for €10 million.  A group of concerned OLG parents is organising this meeting to air their concerns and work out a plan of action. All local politicians have been invited.

This is a very serious issue for the schools as it means that there will be no green space attached to the schools and no room for expansion in the future. The secondary school will be particularly at a disadvantage; it is the only public girls secondary in the area and is surrounded by private girls schools with wonderful facilities.

The Order sold a first tranche of land in 2012 and a retirement home and residential development have been built. The Order does not owe any money as part of the redress scheme so it is hard to know why the land is being sold.

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