04 Sep 2020

OLG – Update

We contacted An Bord Pleanála, and nothing has moved regarding the latest SHD pre-application for the site in Our Lady’s Grove. According to the ABP website, the decision date regarding moving to the next stage was supposed to be 31/8/20. However there have been delays due to Covid and to the large amount of SHD applications received recently, so no consultation meeting has happened yet, and no decision has been made.

04 Sep 2020

Hospice Coffee Morning – Collection Boxes in Shops

This year we can’t have a Hospice coffee morning on the green, so instead the plan is for the collection boxes to be left in Lynam’s, Roebuck Pharmacy and Select Boutique for the whole month of September. Everyone probably has some spare cash lying around at home now we’ve all gone contactless. Please donate as generously as possible to this very worthy cause. This year will be especially hard for the Hospices as it’s hard to have a coffee morning while socially distancing.

Thanks to Mairéad for organising this once again, and thanks to Lynam’s, Roebuck Pharmacy and Select Boutique for being involved.

04 Sep 2020

OLG – Email re. Judicial Review and Proposal for “Inst” Zoning

During the summer we put together a document/explanatory note regarding the outcome of the OLG Judicial Review, and how it relates to “Inst” zoning. We felt it was very important that DLR Councillors be clearly informed about all this, as the Council is now working on the latest County Development Plan (to come into effect in 2022). This is when changes to zoning can take place. Michael’s experience in taking the Judicial Review highlighted that “Inst” zoning needs to be strengthened, and we have proposed how this could be done. “Inst” zoning is particularly important in our area, as both OLG and the Central Mental Hospital site are zoned “Inst”. We also know the Council is planning to review this type of zoning.

We sent this to all 40 DLR Councillors. If you have opinions on this, we would encourage you to contact Councillors directly. They will be voting on all zoning changes, and would welcome residents’ opinions.

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20 Aug 2020

IGB Schools – Request for Further Information

A few of us on the committee had an online meeting/chat with the new Principal of the Goatstown Educate Together Secondary School, Jonathan Browner, a few weeks ago. It was great to talk to him, and it was encouraging to hear that his aim is for the school to be very integrated in the community. He was very open to the idea of the local community using the various facilities that will be there in the future. We were very happy to welcome him, and the new school, to the area.

As the pre-fabs aren’t installed yet, the school will be opening temporarily in the old Notre Dame site on Churchtown Road. (That’ll make three schools on that site now: Ballinteer ETPS, Gaelscoil na Fuinseoige and now Goatstown ETSS.) There will be a maximum of 48 pupils per year for the first few years. You can find a Facebook page for the school here.

Regarding the planning situation on the IGB site, the DLR planners came back with a “Request for Further Information” regarding the plans that had been submitted by the Department of Education for the temporary pre-fab school buildings. It was quite an extensive request, regarding, among other things, a number of the points we raised in our Observation. Points in relation to access, traffic, construction management, etc. The Department now has up to six months to respond to this Request for Further Information. Hopefully the Department will respond in a timely manner.

You can see this Request for Information on the DLR Planning website. The letter summarising the points is here. The more extensive Planner’s Report is here. If you want to view all the documents associated with this planning application, you can do so on the DLR Planning website. The Planning Reference number is: D20A/026.

20 Aug 2020

Tidy Districts’ Group – Some Changes

We have recently expanded our Tidy Districts Group and are hoping to further do so. Ideally we would love to have a few people from every road to help out.

We have been pretty busy the last few weeks as you may have noticed. The Green by the shops is looking gorgeous, thanks to all the wonderful help in grass-cutting and maintaining flower beds. We have acquired new logs which are getting lots of use. 

Friarsland Avenue (the shortcut to the schools) has been given a facelift – trees cut back, suckers pruned, grass cut, and is looking very neat right now. 

A huge amount of grass cutting and edging has been done along the perimeter wall of Roebuck Park on Farmhill Drive by very hard working volunteers.

Goatstown Avenue has been mowed, weeded and spruced up.

We are working our way around the area, pruning unwanted suckers from trees and weeding and edging. Do feel free to step outside and have a look, and if you have any suckers sprouting from trees, or overgrown trees, or hedging onto footpaths, feel free to cut them, or contact us if help is needed.

We are now planning a clean-up in Friarsland Green but have been hampered by inclement weather.

Work is ongoing so anyone who has a clippers spade or brush please join us. It’s great fun! Contact us at roebuckresidents@gmail.com, and we will be happy to welcome you on board the Tidy Districts Group. The more the merrier.

23 Jul 2020

OLG – Here we go again, maybe…

It appears an application for a consultation regarding the prospective development of a 861 bed student residence development for the site at the rear of Our Lady’s Grove has been lodged with An Bord Pleanála.

This is the first stage the developer goes through with An Bord Pleanála for these fast-track (SHD) developments. If they are successful they can then go on to submit a full application.

A three party meeting will be taking place between the developer, the Board, and the Council. The Board then decides if the application can proceed. If not, the Board indicates to the developer what changes need to be made to allow the application to proceed. (To note – DLR Council would have already met with the developer separately a few months ago to discuss this potential planning application. It is not possible to get details of this meeting until/if the application proceeds. This meeting is called a Section 247 pre-SHD Consultation Meeting, and would be worth investigating considering the ruling on the Judicial Review had not yet been made at this point. So it will be interesting to see how the DLR Planners advised the developer, considering the Council was in court at this time in relation to the zoning on this very site.)

This decision (on whether the application can proceed) will be made by the Board before the 31/8/20. It is worth noting that the decision can also be made before this date. An Bord Pleanála can be contacted by phone at any time before this date, if you wish to check to see if the decision has been made, and if the application is going ahead. Quote this reference number: 307440. It is very disappointing that the public has no say or input, and is not given any information, regarding any of these pre-application stages in this SHD process.

You will see from the notice on the ABP website that the developer submitting this is Colbeam Ltd. A company called Hollybrook New Homes is the company behind Colbeam Ltd. We have no information as to the ownership status of the site.

08 Jul 2020

Dundrum Village – Big Changes

The Council, working with the NTA, has just announced some major changes to Dundrum Village. There will be dedicated cycle lanes, increased space for pedestrians, and some bus stop and car parking relocations in this complex project. It’s going to be quite a big change from the Village that we currently know. Certainly it’ll be a much more attractive place for pedestrians and cyclists.

You can find out more here on the DLR website. Included is a detailed description, and maps showing new traffic flows, and bus routes etc. Work will be starting soon, and will be completed in two phases.

04 Jul 2020

Goatstown Road – New Bike Lanes

The Council is piloting a new style of kerbed bike lanes on Goatstown Road. As well as increasing cycle safety, there will also be some improvements for pedestrians. A lot of the junctions will be made smaller to reduce crossing time, and to slow down turning traffic. These junctions include Goatstown Avenue and The Grove (the access to the schools), but not Larchfield Road by the looks of the plans. Tightening the junction at the turn for the schools in particular will make an improvement in pedestrian safety there.

Commencing for 2 nights on the 7th July, the main works will start on 20th July lasting for 17 nights. Work will be undertaken overnight, Monday to Thursdays.

More information can be found on the DLR website here and here.

Also, this is a good Tweet from the DLR Cycling Group.

04 Jul 2020

OLG – Final Judgement, Planning Quashed

Over the last few months, the final stage of the Judicial Review has been playing out. There was a possibility that the planning application could be remitted back to An Bord Pleanala (i.e. the clock rewound back to when the application first went into ABP, for them to re-consider it). Both An Bord Pleanála, and Michael Redmond, objected to this remittal, but Durkan’s argued in favour.

The final judgment of Mr. Justice Garrett Simons was delivered electronically on 1st July 2020:

It is proposed now to make an order as follows. An order of certiorari will be made setting aside An Bord Pleanála’s decision of 15 August 2019 (Case reference: PL06D.304420). The developer’s application to have the matter remitted to An Bord Pleanála is refused.

What this means is that the Judicial Review has been successful against An Bord Pleanála’s decision to grant planning permission. While the Judgment of 10th March 2020 quashed the decision of ABP, the Judgment of 1st July 2020 means that it will not be remitted to An Bord Pleanala. The Judge described the planning application as “fatally flawed”.

The position is now that the developer Durkan must submit a new planning application for any development on this site. Any new application must conform to the Inst zoning (i.e. correct density, 25% public open space, consideration of future school expansion etc.) as determined by the High Court. If these conditions are not adhered to in any new planning application, then it would be considered to be a material contravention of the County Development Plan 2016-2022, and would need to be advertised as such. (This would be very unusual, and there would most likely be a huge amount of objections.) If any new planning application has more than 100 units, it can be submitted via the fast track (SHD) route again, or if it’s less than 100 units, it would go through the normal planning process via the Council. (Unfortunately, and disappointingly, the new government has not agreed to abolish the SHD process. The new Programme for Government states it will continue for another 18 months until the current legislation expires.)

You can find the judgement here on the courts.ie website.

More information about the history of this case can be found on our website.

A good Irish Times article about the final judgement can be found here.

We would like to again thank Michael Redmond for the heroic effort he put into this case. His achievement is simply extraordinary, and we are very lucky to have him in our community. It is quite astonishing to think that a planning application that was described as “fatally flawed” among other things by a High Court judge, could very easily have gone unchallenged if it had not been for Michael. But for him, we would have been living with the consequences for many, many years. We owe him a huge debt of gratitude.