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.

12 Sep 2019

Public Consultation – Community, Cultural and Civic Facilities in Dundrum

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has commissioned work on an Action Plan for Community, Cultural and Civic for Dundrum, and that work has already begun.The Action Plan will propose what community, cultural and civic facilities will be needed in the area over the next 20 years.

A public consultation begins on Thursday (September 5th) for a four week period. This is a great opportunity for local people to make the case again for a new Civic Centre at the heart of Dundrum Village, including a modern library and additional community facilities. 

You can find out more here: https://dlrcoco.citizenspace.com/planning/dundrum-community-cultural-civic-action-plan-cccap/. The consultation period runs from Thursday September 5th 2019 to Thursday October 3rd inclusive.

It only takes about 10 minutes to complete, and it is anonymous for private individuals.

Update 8/10/19:
Read the Residents’ Association’s submission here.

11 Sep 2019

Charles Hurst Site – Goatstown Road

It has been reported in the Irish Times today that the 0.84 acre former Charles Hurst car showroom site on the Goatstown Road, has been sold to developer Charles O’Reilly-Hyland for €6.6 million.

It is zoned for residential development, and apparently was sold with the benefit of a feasibility study which indicated the potential for a residential scheme of 75 apartments (subject to planning permission). Will they try for 100 apartments to qualify for the fast-track Strategic Housing Development process? We’ll have to wait and see.


09 Sep 2019

New Secondary School in IGB – Patronage

Mothers, fathers and guardians of children who are due to enrol in secondary school from 2020-2024 (if your child is currently in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th class) in the Goatstown/Stillorgan area are being invited to complete a new online survey (patronage.education.gov.ie). It will remain open until October 4th.

Parents can use the online survey to select which model of patronage they prefer and whether they want English or Irish as the language of instruction.

We still have no idea when the two schools will be built on the site. The primary school opened this month, in a temporary location in Sandyford. The secondary school is due to open next September.

05 Sep 2019

Coffee Morning – Sat 7th Sep

Roebuck Residents’ Association, in partnership with Lynam’s Fine Foods, is hosting a Coffee Morning in aid of Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services, Harold’s Cross and Blackrock

It’s on this Saturday, from 11am to 1pm, on the green in front of the shops. Come on down for some tasty pastries and great coffee and tea.

Every cup counts!

02 Sep 2019

IGB – Update and Zoning

Minister Shane Ross, and Minister Josepha Madigan recently leafleted the area to announce the completion of the sale of the IGB to the Department of Education. Both letters mentioned that two schools will be located on the site. A primary Educate Together school, which is now being temporarily located in Sandyford, and also a 800 pupil secondary school (due to open next September). The patronage of the secondary school is yet to be announced. A voting process to determine the patronage will start soon.

Minister Ross’ letter also mentioned that the County Development Plan would need to be altered (i.e. the zoning of the site) to accommodate the new schools. “Educational purposes” are permitted in principle under the current (F) zoning for this site, so we surprised to see that in the letter. There is a restriction in place regarding F zoning – only 40% of the site can be built on (this includes surface car-parking). We asked Minister Ross for clarification, and this is the response:

With regard to your query; as it stands the site is currently zoned F meaning development covering 40% of the site can take place. That should be enough to cater for one school, however if both schools are built on the IGB site, which is the intention, it will have to be redesignated and voted on by local councillors. It could be done by earmarking the site as School Development Initiative as part of the review of the County Development Plan which is taking place in the next 12-18 months.

Cllr. Anne Colgan is also following this up at Council level with the Head of Planning. We will post a follow-up when we get it.

30 Aug 2019

OLG Phase 2 – Decision Made

An Bord Pleanála made the decision to grant permission for Phase 2 of the OLG development. No substantial conditions were included as part of the grant of permission. It’s a shocking and disappointing result, not only for the residents most affected, but also for the Councillors, T.D., and Council Executive who recommended that permission be refused. The Council view the development as being in breach of the County Development Plan. The issue is in relation to the “Inst” designation on the zoning. However An Bord Pleanála clearly do not agree.

We would like to thank all our elected representatives who supported the residents in trying to stop, or modify, this development. Particular thanks goes to Catherine Martin T.D., Cllr. Jim O’Leary, Cllr. Anne Colgan, Cllr. Barry Saul, and Cllr. Sean O’Loughlin, for all your efforts on our behalf.

You can view the ABP Order, Direction and Inspector’s Report PDFs here.

If you wish to view the DLRCoCo Executive Report, and also, all the observations made, you can find these on the DLR Planning website. The reference number to search for is: ABP30442019. There are 8 pages of documents for this application, the report and observations can be found on the 8th page.

Earlier posts relating to this can be found here:
http://www.roebuckresidents.com/olg-phase-2-plans/ and

20 Aug 2019

Public Consultation – Strategic Housing Developments

In July we made a submission to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government in relation to the proposed extension of the Strategic Housing Development process (the fast track planning process). This was a public consultation by the Department to review its operation and effectiveness. We based the submission on our experience with the latest planning application in Our Lady’s Grove for 132 units.

You can open and view the submission here.