08 Mar 2021

OLG – Council Meeting

We recently sent an email to the Dundrum, Stillorgan and Sandyford/Glencullen Councillors regarding the upcoming Dundrum Area Committee meeting on 10th March 2021, when the Colbeam SHD for Our Lady’s Grove site on Goatstown Road will be considered. We asked that the Councillors read our email and our attached letter, ahead of this meeting. It provides useful information regarding the background and issues relating to this SHD application.

No doubt they have already received many emails from concerned residents. We expect that an unprecedented number of objections to this development will be submitted to ABP.

In summary:
The local community is opposed to this development. It should be refused permission for many reasons, not least because it materially contravenes the CDP 2016-2022 in numerous ways.

Material Contraventions that relate to this development:

1. Density
The density proposed (164.62ha) is a Material Contravention of the CDP 2016-2022.
(See section 2.1 attached.)

2. Height
The height of the north, middle and south blocks represents a Material Contravention of the CDP 2016-2022.
(See section 2.2 attached.)

3. Open Space
The Provision of Open Space fails to “maintain the open character of the site” and is a Material Contravention of the CDP 2016-2022.
(See section 2.3 attached.)

4. Tree Removal
The removal of trees from the site represents a Material Contravention of the CDP 2016-2022.
(See section 2.4 attached.)

5. Future Needs of the Schools
The failure to “have regard to the future needs of the school and allow sufficient space to be retained adjacent to the school for possible future school expansion/redevelopment”, represents a Material Contravention of the CDP 2016-2022
(See section 2.5 attached.)

Further detail can be found in our attachment.

01 Mar 2021

CMH – Submission – Initial Concept Designs

We have put together a lengthy and detailed submission in respect of the concept designs put forward by the LDA in relation to the proposed development of the Central Mental Hospital site.

We are aware that Ireland is in the midst of a housing crisis. It needs housing, but the right type of housing that works for all. The State, through the LDA, are commencing what is perhaps the biggest public home building project in the state since the 1930s. They have an opportunity, and a responsibility, to take an over-arching and ambitious approach to this site and how it integrates with existing communities.

We perceive that the LDA is applying a “private developer” mindset; maximising units, minimising costs and focusing on the Development to the detriment of the wider communities into which it is attempting to fit. This is to the detriment of other state agencies who will be left dealing with the resulting problems. This is fundamentally wrong.

We note that the LDA’s strategic framework specifically includes “Generating partnerships and collaborations with partners and other people seeking to deliver affordable sustainable homes” and speaks of partnerships with local authorities. Nowhere do we see a reference to partnership with local communities, nor a commitment not to decrease the quality of life of those communities.

We stand ready to become one of those partners, and reiterate our commitment to endeavour to work collaboratively with the LDA in order to ensure that the proposed Development works not only for the LDA, but also for our members, our community and, most importantly, our neighbouring communities.

You can read the full submission here.

01 Mar 2021

CMH – Cross-party Councillors’ Submission

As you know, we have been communicating with our elected representatives over the past while in relation to the proposed designs put forward by the LDA for the Central Mental Hospital site. We have informed them of our experiences with the LDA to date, as well as putting forward our community’s issues with the concept designs.

We are very happy to see many of our issues reflected in the cross-party letter written by all Dundrum Councillors in relation to this phase of the project. They have come together to write a powerful letter to the LDA outlining their concerns. The Residents’ Association would like to commend them for representing us in this manner, and thank them for all their efforts.

The signators are:
Cllr. Jim O’Leary (FG)
Cllr. Anne Colgan (Ind)
Cllr. Peter O’Brien (Labour)
Cllr. Daniel Dunne (GP)
Cllr. Shay Brennan (FF)
Cllr. Seán McLoughlin (Ind)
Cllr. Anna Grainger (FG)

You can read this letter here.

27 Feb 2021

IGB – Permission Granted

DLR County Council has granted permission for temporary school buildings on the IGB site. This is to house the secondary school (Goatstown Education Together Secondary School). The permission is valid for five years. The development will consist of prefab type buildings at the front of the site (Goatstown Road side), and a path running through the site with pedestrian/cyclist openings at Mount Carmel Road and Farmhill Road. We hope to have a meeting with the Principal soon to discuss various issues.

You can read the Planner’s Report here.

You can read the Decision Letter here.

27 Feb 2021

The Goat – New SHD Application

It doesn’t rain but it pours. This is the 4th new development planned for the Goatstown Road in recent months. A new SHD application has been submitted for the site at The Goat pub. This development is to consist of approx. 300 apartments in blocks up to 8 storey high, a 22 bed hotel, 6 retail units, a childcare facility, and extension to the pub.

Details can be found here: http://thegoatshd.ie/
The final date for observations is 30th March (to be confirmed).

25 Feb 2021

CMH – Letter to Taoiseach – Group of Residents’ Associations

Roebuck Residents’ Association, along with all the residents’ groups located around the perimeter of the Central Mental Hospital site, have come together to write to the Taoiseach and to the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage.
The groups are:

  • Annaville/Dundrum Road RA
  • Roebuck RA
  • Mulvey Park RA
  • Frankfort Park RA
  • Rosemount RA
  • Highfield & Westbrook RA
  • Taney RA

Between us, we represent 1,410 households (c3,880 residents), and border the entire Central Mental Hospital Site.

We acknowledge that this significant site will be developed; indeed we understand the wider societal need for housing, and appreciate the attractiveness of the site as a location. In addition, we wish to set out the fact that our RAs want to work collaboratively and constructively with the LDA in finalising plans for the Central Mental Hospital (CMH) site; we strongly believe that this will result in the best outcome for all parties.

However several serious concerns are emerging which are common to all RAs:

  • Height
  • Density
  • Access/traffic
  • Demands on existing infrastructure

Of particular concern to many RAs is the manner in which the LDA is undertaking engagement. Based on the LDA’s actions to date, the strong perception is that key decisions have already been made regarding the development and we feel that we are being “railroaded” through a box ticking process masquerading as an engagement exercise with the aim of producing something that works for the LDA, and not our communities. This is not an acceptable or democratic way of conducting business by an agency of the State.

You can read the full letter here.

24 Feb 2021

CMH – Presentation to T.D.s

Here is the presentation we have given to Minister Catherine Martin T.D. and Josepha Madigan T.D.. We will also be presenting to other politicians in the coming days. It is a powerful presentation that accurately reflects how this development will impact on us. We perceive key decisions have already been made, and that we are being “railroaded” through a box
ticking process masquerading as an engagement exercise with the aim of producing something that works for the LDA, and not our community.

The currently proposed development will create legacy issues – Roebuck Residents’ Association (and others) and DLR CoCo will be left to deal with the aftermath for years to come.

You can view this presentation here.

20 Feb 2021

CMH – Make a Submission

The closing date for submissions for this phase of public consultation for the Dundrum Central project is next weekend, 28th February. It is very important that as many residents as possible express their opinions via this public consultation.

We strongly encourage every resident to make a submission. We also suggest you copy your email to our elected representatives.

We are sure you already have plenty of opinions about the concept proposal the LDA have put forward. However if you are in need of suggestions, you can read the Residents’ Association’s objectives for the development here, and see the letter we issued to the LDA, T.D.s etc. here. You can also see our visual mock-ups here.

The email address to send your comments and opinions on this proposal for the Central Mental Hospital site is: community@dundrumcentral.ie.

Make sure to include your home address in your email, so they can see you are a resident here.

16 Feb 2021

Please Take Our Survey

Take our survey here.

Between the Central Mental Hospital, the Vector Motors 239 bed (4 parking spaces) student accommodation, the two new schools going into the IGB site, and the 698 bed (11 parking spaces) student accommodation proposed for the OLG site, there is growing alarm at the scale of development in our area, and the problems this may cause.

As you know, we have formed a group in order to address the significant impact the Dundrum Central development will have on our community. This group has put together a survey which will help us to continue to gather residents’ concerns and opinions regarding this development, and will also give us more insight into the concerns around the potential increase in traffic caused by all three developments.

The information gathered will help support us in our efforts to best represent you when speaking to our elected representatives, DLR County Council and the LDA.

Take our survey here.

We are asking that all residents complete this survey.

Please complete the survey before the end of the week (before 21st February).

16 Feb 2021

Trócaire Collection

Happy Pancake Tuesday. A Trócaire Collection Box has been left in Lynam’s for the six weeks of Lent. As we all know Trócaire supports the poorest people around the world. Any financial support we give will help them cope with the trauma of War, Climate Change, Covid and Hunger.

Please be generous.