11 Mar 2020

OLG Judicial Review – Judgement Given

On 10th March, Judge Garrett Simons delivered his judgment following the Judicial Review hearing that took place on 19th, 20th, and 21st February in the High Court. This case was taken by a local resident, and member of the Roebuck Residents’ Association, Michael Redmond. He took the case without legal representation, due to the costs involved.

The Judicial Review was successful, the judge ordered: “The decision to grant planning permission is invalid and an order of certiorari will be made setting aside An Bord Pleanala’s decision of 15 August 2019”.

This means that the planning permission to build 132 units at Our Lady’s Grove campus is quashed, and the decision has been declared invalid by the High Court.

Roebuck Residents’ Association welcomes this ruling, and sees it as a vindication of the democratic process that has been compromised by the Strategic Housing Development (SHD) process. The judgement respects Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s conclusion that planning permission for this development ought to have been refused. It also respects the views of two local Residents’ Associations, many local residents, and parents of children attending the schools on the campus, that the scale and composition of this development were inappropriate for the school campus site.

The Association welcomes the fact that the “Institutional Objective” attached to the zoning of this site has been clarified and strengthened by Judge Simons’ ruling. Any future planning application for this site will now have to accommodate adequate public open space (25% of the campus site), which can be used by the schools and child care facility located on the campus site, as well as by the local community. By our calculations, an extra 2.32 acres will be available. It also means the other provisions attached to the “Institutional Objective” must apply. These are: appropriate density (35-50ha), tree protection and maintaintenance of the open character of the lands, and retention of sufficient space for the expansion of the schools in adjacent land. This ruling will have implications for all other (approx.) 47 sites with an “Institutional Objective” in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.

We wish to note that Mr. Michael Redmond, the local resident who took this case, did so without legal representation, due to the substantial costs involved. We applaud his extremely impressive achievement , and we offer our sincere thanks and gratitude to him for all his hard work, and for representing the local community so ably.

02 Mar 2020

New County Development Plan – Submission

We made a submission to the first round of public consultation for the new DLR County Development Plan, due to come into effect in 2022. The areas we commented on were:

People, Home and Place

  • Protection Afforded to Institutional Lands Needs to be Strengthened
  • Downsizer/ Elderly Accommodation
  • Green Open Space for the Growing Population in DLR
  • Ensure Adequate Leisure Facilities for the Increasing population in DLR – Municipal/Community and Commercial
  • Waste Management
  • Place Marking Signage
  • Public Art

Climate Action and Energy Effeciency

  • Community-Based Energy Projects and Support
  • Private Development’s Role in the Decline in Biodiversity

Sustainable Movement and Transport

  • Making future development more sustainable
  • Making current land use sustainable
  • Speeding Enforcement and reduction
  • Illegal Parking

You can see our submission here.

You can see some of the submissions that were made here.

17 Feb 2020

Wall Repaired – Larchfield Road

We had a deputation meeting with the Council back in October of last year. (See here for more details.) The wall at the junction of Rosemount field and Larchfield Road was one item on the agenda. It was slowly but surely getting demolished, one block at a time, and it didn’t look great. Following on from this meeting the Parks Department have recently repaired and re-rendered the wall. Looks good, thanks Parks Department!

17 Jan 2020

New County Development Plan

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Council is embarking on the process of reviewing the current Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Development Plan, 2016-2022, and preparing a new County Development Plan (CDP) that will shape the future growth of the County for the period of 2022 – 2028.

This Plan–making process is a collaborative one and they are looking for your views to feed into the next County Development Plan.

You can find all the information on the DLRCoCo website.

There will be a public information day next Thursday (Jan 23rd) in the Council Offices in Dundrum, from 2pm to 8pm.

27 Nov 2019

Bike Parking – Update

The Council have informed us they intend to proceed with the installation of bike parking on Farmhill Road.

They have informed us they have reviewed the area again and have come up with an alternative location on the nearby double yellow lines as per the image below.

They say this will provide cycle parking for 10 bikes on 5 cycle stands.

They believe that the advantages of the latest proposal are the following:

1. It overcomes the main local objection to the cycle parking proceeding as no car parking spaces will be removed as part of the latest proposal

2. It is easier and quicker to install a Toaster cycle stand than 4 individual cycle stands

12 Nov 2019

Bike Parking

The Council has indicated that they wish to provide bike parking at the shops area on Farmhill Road. Over the last couple of years the Council has been rolling out an initiative across all of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown to improve the frequency and quality of bike parking in the county.

They are proposing to put a small amount of bike parking on the public slip-road between the shops and the Green. Two stands of two “n” bars on either side of the pedestrian access to the shops’ forecourt are being proposed.

This location solves two problems here:
1. The need for bike parking
2. The Council has highlighted a pedestrian safety issue at this location. There should be a 45 degree clear “sightline” from the kerb out to the road, in order to allow for enough line of sight for people crossing the road. This would equate to a small yellow box-type area of approximately 2 metres either side. Enough space to install the small bike racks, and to improve pedestrian safety at this area.

The Residents’ Association supports this proposal. The Council is keen to install it as soon as possible.

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!

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.

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.