30 May 2020

IGB Schools – Planning

The planning application for the secondary school is up online on the DLR Planning website. Planning Application Ref: D20A/0268. The final date for lodging any observation/objection is June 29th.

This planning application is for a 5 year period, for temporary buildings for the secondary school, and the location for these temporary buildings are to the front of the site (close to Goatstown Road).

However there are also a preliminary design in this application for the final layout (we’ll call it the “masterplan” for the site), when the permanent schools will be built. You will find this drawing in the planning documents that are online – look for the document called “Site layout plan”.

The scans online for this document are very poor quality, so we went out to the Planning Office in Dun Laoghaire (opened this week, appointment only) and got copies of this particular document. You can see it here.

As you will see in the design titled “Site Development Strategy”, the final school buildings are being proposed for the back of the site. There are no elevation plans with this application, so there’s no way of knowing how high the buildings are intended to be. Presumably at least three storey. Also note the three proposed pedestrian/cyclist access routes marked on this future masterplan – one on Farmhill Road, one on Mount Carmel Road, and one on Taney Avenue. The Council is really pushing what they call pedestrian and cyclist “permeability” in the County, so it is inevitable that there will be pedestrian access into the site. Having multiple access points will hopefully dilute any possible issues with these access ways.

One thing to keep in mind regarding this masterplan, is that this design accommodates the current F zoning, i.e. the requirement to keep the ratio of the built area vs open space at 40% vs 60%. In other words, under the current zoning, only 40% of the area can be built on, including surface area car parking. The zoning on this site will most likely change when the new County Development Plan comes into force in 2022. So, there is a good chance that this masterplan design will change.

Having said that, if you have any comments to make on either the temporary school plan or the proposed masterplan, be sure to submit an observation now.

16 May 2020

Swop Shop Next Saturday, IGB Plans Online, etc.

Lovely day out there today, and hopefully that cold weather is behind us now. Get out for that walk, you’ll feel better for it. A few bits and pieces for you.
1. Government Guidelines for Monday 18th May
2. Swap Shop Day – Next Saturday, 23rd May
3. IGB New Secondary School – Plans Now Online
4. Where Oh Where are the Teddy Bears?
5. Central Mental Hospital
6. Covid Poetry + Short Stories Competitions
7. Don’t Forget the Trees

1. Guidelines for Monday 18th May
The guidelines around the slight easing of restrictions on Monday can be found on the Gov.ie website. You can find the web page here. As you know, they now also advise the wearing of a face covering in certain situations. (They do not recommend that children under 13 wear face coverings.) You can find out more about the face covering recommendations on this web page, as well as a guide that shows how to make your own.
(You can find loads of places online that sell them; here is one magazine article that lists a few options.)

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2. Swap Shop Day – Next Saturday, 23rd May
Have you completed your spring clean yet? And now there are no charity shops open to drop all your unloved treasures into! We are going to try a “swop shop” in the area. Leave all your unloved treasures in the front of your garden and place a sign out front to let people know to take them. We are proposing to do this next Saturday afternoon, 23rd May. Have a browse around the area and pick up something you might need. Please maintain appropriate social distance. No money is to change hands. Also, make sure not to leave things on the footpath, you could be charged with littering.
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3. IGB New Secondary School – Plans Now Online
The plans are now online for the new secondary school in the IGB site. This stage is for pre-fab buildings, and they still intend to open in September. You can see the location of the site for the school, the access information, and various other things including a traffic report. The deadline for observations has been extended to June 29th to accommodate the Covid delays.You can search for the plans here: http://planning.dlrcoco.ie/swiftlg/apas/run/wphappcriteria.display. The reference number for the application is:  D20A/0268. The plans can be viewed by going to the “Documents” tab, and clicking on “ViewDocuments”.
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4. Where Oh Where are the Teddy Bears?
An urgent S.O.S. has been released! It appears that all the Teddies that greeted and waved at all the little people in early Spring have gone into hiding!Statement released today says; “We miss you and we want to see you all out again,  sitting on your window sills waving at us as we go walking with our Mums and Dads. Please ask your Teddy parents if it’s ok to come back to see us. So up on your windows again.”Looking forward to seeing you all next week, From All the Best Boys and Girls and Teddy Fans of Roebuck.
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5. Central Mental Hospital
Plans are afoot for the Mental Hospital site. The Land Development Agency who are developing this site released a press release last month. You can see it on the Irish Times website, or the RTE website. You can also read a bit more on the LDA website, and see some interesting images of the existing site.
Note the line at the end: “The LDA will engage in extensive consultation with the public and community groups in relation to this landmark scheme.” Sounds promising, although we have so far sent them a number of emails, and even tried a phone call, but no response as yet…

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6. Covid Poetry + Short Stories Competitions
All the poets and writers out there will no doubt be delighted to hear about the Poetry and Short Story competitions being run by DLRCoCo. They are for all ages. The deadline for the poets is May 26th, and the deadline for the writers is 29th May. More information can be found on the DLR website.
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7. Don’t Forget the TreesDon’t forget to water the new trees! It’s been quite dry recently, so please keep the new trees watered.

16 May 2020

IGB New Secondary School – Plans Online

The plans are now online for the new secondary school in the IGB site. This stage is for pre-fab buildings, and they still intend to open in September.

You can see the location of the site for the school, the access information, and various other things including a traffic report.

The deadline for observations has been extended to June 29th to accommodate the Covid delays.

You can find the plans here: http://planning.dlrcoco.ie/swiftlg/apas/run/wphappcriteria.display.

The reference number for the application is:  D20A/0268. The plans can be viewed by going to the “Documents” tab, and clicking on “ViewDocuments”.

16 May 2020

Central Mental Hospital – Plans Afoot

Plans are afoot for the Mental Hospital site. The Land Development Agency who are developing this site released a press release last month. You can see it on the Irish Times website, or the RTE website. You can also read a bit more on the LDA website, and see some interesting images of the existing site.

Note the line at the end: “The LDA will engage in extensive consultation with the public and community groups in relation to this landmark scheme.” Sounds promising, although we have so far sent them a number of emails, and even tried a phone call, but no response as yet…

01 Apr 2020

IGB – Planning Application

A planning notice has just gone up for temporary school buildings on the IGB site. The application isn’t online yet, and the planning office in Dun Laoghaire is closed. The details on the notice says it is for 4 prefabricated buildings on a defined site area of 0.83 hectares, surrounded by a 2m mesh fence. Access gates with associated site works including provision of entrance to site, and hard surface play area. Permission for a period of no longer than 5 years is being sought. It’s dated 27th March, and there is a 5 week window to lodge an observation. Although we believe the new Covid emergency legislation brought in last week includes an extension of three weeks to this 5 week window.

The new principal for the Educate Together Secondary School going into this site has been appointed. You can read more here.

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.

19 Dec 2019

OLG Judicial Review – Update

In the High Court today 19th December 2019 (Judge Simons presiding), an order was made setting the date for the hearing of the Judicial Review as Wednesday 19th February 2020. The case has been set down for a 3 day hearing commencing on this date. Legal submissions to support the case to quash the ABP decision were lodged, and these are being circulated to the Respondent (ABP) and notice parties (Durkans) and (DLR).

We would like to thank again the resident who is taking this case, and who is doing it himself without legal representation. An extremely impressive achievement. The Residents’ Association is fully supportive of his actions to date, as the outcome of this case will affect not only our community, but all land zoned Institutional in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.

Previous post: https://www.roebuckresidents.com/judicial-review-olg-development/

19 Dec 2019

IGB – Question for the Minister

Thanks to Catherine Martin T.D. for asking the Minister for Education the parliamentary question below on our behalf in relation to the IGB site. We are keen to know when building will start on this site. The recently published list of contract tenders for new school buildings does not include any for Goatstown/Stillorgan. The Minister’s response doesn’t really provide much information however. He does say the secondary school “will open in September 2020 as scheduled, in suitable interim accommodation”. Where will this interim accommodation be located though?

For Written Answer on : 18/12/2019
Question Number(s): 169 Question Reference(s): 53607/19
Department: Education and Skills
Asked by: Catherine Martin T.D.


QUESTION

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the permanent school buildings for the recently opened primary and the post-primary school (details supplied) to be opened in September 2019 in an area will be included in the recently announced contract tenders for new school buildings; if not, when the contract tender for the permanent buildings for these schools is likely to be announced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Details Supplied) Details supplied: https://www.thejournal.ie/school-building-tender-4917521-Dec2019/ Goatstown Stillorgan Educate Together National School

REPLY

The permanent buildings for the schools referred to by the Deputy are being delivered under my Department’s Design & Build Programme. Architectural planning for these schools is at an early stage.

Following design development the next stage in the process is an application to the relevant Local Authority for planning permission. The planning permission process will be a key factor for determining the timeline for the delivery of the project.

The primary school to which the Deputy refers is currently located in suitable interim accommodation since September 2019.

The post-primary school for the area referred to by the Deputy will open in September 2020 as scheduled, in suitable interim accommodation.

14 Nov 2019

Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Sold

Uncle Tom’s Cabin has been sold for development, for €3 million. Most likely apartments will be built here, as it’s zoned for residential development. According to this Irish Times article:

“It is understood that the new owners intend to keep Uncle Tom’s Cabin open and trading for the time being, until a final decision is made on the type of scheme for which planning permission will be sought. “

This will be probably be the last Christmas you can enjoy a cozy pint in this long-established pub.