16 Oct 2020

CMH – Meeting with LDA

Four members of the Committee held a virtual meeting with the LDA today in relation to the development of the CMH site. Attending this meeting was the LDA Community Liaison Officer, the Project Lead and the Project Architect. They are currently engaging with local community groups, and are endeavoring to collect as much feedback as possible. It was a very interesting meeting. Among other things, it was very encouraging to learn they plan to keep car traffic to a minimum, prioritise pedestrian and cyclist permeability, retain a minimum of 25% open space, and preserve, as much as possible, the unique sylvan and historical character of this site. We discussed a lot of different aspects, and are hopeful that the points we raised will feed into the design process. They plan to release an e-Bulletin shortly which we will send out to members.

If you haven’t already, we would strongly encourage you to look at the website (dundrumcentral.ie), and to take the survey as soon as possible. This is a limited opportunity where you can raise the issues that are most important to you.

You can view the document we submitted here. We discussed these issues, and others, at the meeting.

08 Oct 2020

Vector Motors – New SHD Planning Application

A SHD planning pre-application for student accommodation has just been lodged for the 0.39 ha Vector Motors site on Goatstown Road. This one is for a 239 bedspace shared living development, 4/5 and 6 storey. Another great example of sustainable planning via the SHD system if this gets the go ahead…

More information can be found here: https://goatstownroadshd.ie/ No reference number up on the ABP site yet.

08 Oct 2020

CMH – Dundrum Central Public Engagement Submission

We submitted a document to the Land Development Agency regarding their recently commenced public consultation process. We covered many points in our submission including: housing mix, potential for public park, vehicle traffic issues, potential for cycle/pedestrian route, biodiversity issues, zoning, historical issues, construction management, and the naming of the site.

You can read this submission here.

04 Sep 2020

CMH – Take the Survey

The Land Development Agency is kicking off the process for the development of 1,200 units on the 11.3 hectare CMH site. They are delivering leaflets to 5,000 homes within 1km of the site, and they want to hear the views of the local community regarding what things should be prioritised. They’ve put a short survey on their website, and we strongly encourage you to complete it. It is very short, and only takes a few minutes. They are planning three different consultation periods as the design process progresses, this being the first. They are aiming to lodge a planning application mid 2021.

What things are most important to you? A few ideas: adequate public open space/new park, downsizer/elderly accommodation, pedestrian/cyclist permeability, traffic issues, preservation of the unique Victorian architecture on the site, community centre etc. We also believe there is a small swimming pool on the site, and some impressive gardens.

This development will have a big impact on our area, so let them know what you think.

Take the survey here: https://dundrumcentral.ie/

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

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.

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.