25 Apr 2022

Imagine Dundrum – Public Meeting This Wednesday

The final Hammerson-Allianz plans for Dundrum Village were lodged with An Bord Pleanála (ABP) for planning permission on Tuesday April 5th, and can be seen at https://dundrumvillageSHD.ie/.

The public has only until Monday May 9th to make observations (submissions) to ABP – the only opportunity to have your say on this development.

Imagine Dundrum is strongly in favour of the redevelopment of Dundrum to revitalise our Village and provide much-needed homes. But are deeply concerned about these plans, which in no way match the vision of Dundrum’s future developed in consultation with the local community. With the help of a planning expert, they are considering the plans in detail and will make a more detailed statement very soon, but in the meantime they have outlined their initial concerns and questions in our attachment below.

Imagine Dundrum is asking for our support. Sign up to the Imagine Dundrum mailing list, contact your local Councillors and TDs, spread the word to friends and neighbours, make your own submission to An Bord Pleanála, and not least make a donation to support our campaign for the best possible future Dundrum. https://www.imaginedundrum.ie/donate/

Dates for your diary:
1) Public meeting Wednesday April 27th, Taney Parish Centre, 7.30 pm. Input from our planning consultant and information on making a submission to An Bord Pleanála
2) Drop-in advice/ information clinic to assist with submissions, Saturday April 30th. Details to be announced.

How to Make an Observation to An Bord Pleanála:
Imagine Dundrum have put together this very useful guide to making an observation to An Bord Pleanala. You will find all the detail you need here.

31 Mar 2022

CMH – Application Made Public

The planning application for the development in the Central Mental Hospital has been made public, and is expected to be lodged today, or over the coming days. This means that there are now 5 weeks to go through the plans and documentation, and make an observation on this proposal. During this period the Council will prepare a Report that will go to An Bord Pleanála, along with a summary of submitted observations. The Board will then make the final decision.

You can find all the information about this proposed development on this website: www.dundrumcentralresidential.ie. As you will see, there is a vast amount of information there. You can find some views of the plan below. It gives an instant idea of the scale of the development. The proposed development will consist of 940 apartments, 17 duplexes and 20 houses, with building heights ranging from 2 to 7 storeys. The old hospital building appears not to be part of this planning application, and according to the documentation, will be dealt with at a later date. The plan for this building appears to be a conversion to 80 units. This would be in addition to the figure of 977 units proposed in this application.

The ABP reference number for this application is 313176, and the final date for observations is Wednesday 4th May 2022.

We strongly encourage all members to make an observation if they have any comment to make.


The images below come from the Documents/Other/CGI Photomontages section and the EIAR/Photomontages section. There are many images in these files, we have only put 5 below. We have re-saved the PDFs to a smaller file size. You can download and view these smaller PDFs here and here. The ones on the Dundrum Central website are enormous and consequently it is very difficult to view the content there. We would advise all to have a look at the images in these PDFs.

30 Mar 2022

Dundrum Road – New Town?

We have added up all the developments being planned for Dundrum Road (we are including the Old Shopping Centre in this), and the numbers are, quite frankly, startling. The total number of units being planned for Dundrum Road alone (just the road, not the environs), is 2,462. To put this in perspective, if you very conservatively multiply that by a figure of 1.5 persons per household, that gives a new population of 3,750. Roughly the population of Carrick-on-Shannon, or possibly Kilcoole, on this one road. This does not include sites on this road that are due to be developed, but for which no plans have been lodged yet, e.g. Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

This lack of planning is a direct result of the SHD system. If you have any comment to make about this, we suggest you contact our elected representatives.

231 apartments – Mount St Mary’s (Marist) Dundrum Rd, granted 25/8/21
115 apartments – Highfield Park/Frankfort Castle, Dundrum Rd, granted 20/12/21
64 apartments – American Golf, Dundrum Rd, TBD by 8/4/22
977 + 80 units – Central Mental Hospital, Dundrum Rd, TBD
111 apartments, Sommerville/Larchfield, Dundrum Rd, TBD by 27/6/2022
884 apartments, Dundrum old shopping centre, application to be lodged any day.

Total : 2,462 units

29 Mar 2022

Vector Motors – Planning Quashed

The Board of Management in Trimbleston was successful in their Judicial Review in relation to the student accommodation development planned for the Vector Motors site. The decision to grant planning here has now been quashed by the High Court. 

26 Mar 2022

Imagine Dundrum – Old Shopping Centre

As you know, Imagine Dundrum are keeping us up to date on the situation regarding Hammerson’s proposal to develop this site. They expect an application to be lodged any day. The expectation is that the total number of units on this site will be somewhere in the region of 880, with buildings up to 16 storeys in height. You can find out more through this Imagine Dundrum newsletter and also on their website.

12 Nov 2021

Imagine Dundrum Webinar

Imagine Dundrum are holding a webinar “A Changing Dundrum Village: Information and Inspiration” next Tuesday evening,16th November, 8pm – 9.15pm. With the imminent development of the old shopping centre site by Hammerson (The UK company that owns the site, and some of Dundrum Main Street, has plans to build 800+ apartments on the site. You can read about this here.), this will be an opportunity to find out more. The Chair for the evening will be Dr Alan Mee, UCD School of Architecture. 

Register for the webinar here.

The agenda is as follows:

  • Welcome and introductory remarks
  • Strategic Housing Development – the challenges to communities
    Robin Mandal, former Director, RMA Architects, former President of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, Chair of the Dublin Democratic Planning Alliance (DDPA)
  • Designing for Liveable Neighbourhoods: the case for low rise/ high density building – John Dobbin, Architect, Urbanist and Director, Shay Cleary Architects
  • Re-imagining Dundrum Village: proposals from Imagine Dundrum Anne Colgan, Chair/ co-founder of Imagine Dundrum, and Independent Councillor for Dundrum Ward, DLR Council
  • Questions and suggestions for the panel
  • Conclusions

11 Jun 2021

OLG – Decision Made

An Bord Pleanála have made their decision regarding the 698 bed, 8 block, 7 storey, 9 car park spaces, student accommodation SHD development for the Our Lady’s Grove site. They have granted full permission for the development. It is a very disappointing result, and a very poor planning decision. They acknowledge this development will materially contravene the DLR County Development Plan in 4 different ways – height, density, open space and Part V housing (the requirement for developments to provide a percentage of social housing to the Council. There will be no social housing, or funding in lieu provided to the Council for this development.).

The only option to potentially reverse this decision is by requesting leave to take a Judicial Review at the High Court. This review would only take legal, not planning, matters into account, and is a substantial undertaking.

If you would like to see the Inspector’s Report from An Bord Pleanála, you can find that here.

If you would like to see the Chief Executive’s Report from DLR County Council, dating from April, (which recommended refusal on various grounds), you can see that here.

If you have any comments regarding this development, or the SHD process in general, we would suggest you contact your local politician(s).