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).

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: