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).

14 May 2021

Vector Motors – Judicial Review

Trimbleston’s board of management has been granted leave to request a Judicial Review of the planning granted to the SHD proposed for the Vector Motors site. The case will be back in Court in June to set hearing dates etc.

14 Apr 2021

IGB – Planning Application Withdrawn

The Department of Education and Skills has withdrawn the planning application for the temporary buildings for the new Educate Together Secondary School on the IGB site. As mentioned before, an appeal was lodged in relation to this grant of permission. However the Department decided to withdraw the application altogether due to the Council’s conditions in relation to making the site open to the public during the temporary phase of the school. The new secondary school will stay in the Notre Dame buildings for now.

23 Mar 2021

Survey Results

You may remember we asked you to fill out a two part survey last month. The results of both parts – ‘Dundrum Central’ and ‘Traffic & Travel’ are below.

We would like to thank everyone that took the time to participate. We would especially like to thank the volunteers who organised and delivered physical copies to our ‘off-line’ households. We were really encouraged to see such a high level of community engagement.

The ‘Dundrum Central’ survey results informed our submission to the LDA’s concept proposal for the site. As you know, we have been arguing that given the scale of what is being proposed (basically what amounts to a new town), combined with the inadequacy of the current SHD planning process, real substantive engagement with the neighbouring communities is vital.

We’re disappointed to report that the LDA’s approach has been lacking in this regard. So far we feel it has been more of a box-ticking exercise than real engagement. However with the support of our elected representatives, we will continue to attempt to engage with the LDA to attempt to achieve an outcome that works for everyone.

The local traffic and travel results also make for interesting reading. We will be passing it, all comments and all feedback on to the Council and Councillors in due course.

You can view the survey results in PDF format here – Dundrum Central Survey, Traffic and Travel Survey. Or see gallery versions below.

Dundrum Central Survey:

Traffic and Travel Survey:

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.