01 Mar 2021

CMH – Cross-party Councillors’ Submission

As you know, we have been communicating with our elected representatives over the past while in relation to the proposed designs put forward by the LDA for the Central Mental Hospital site. We have informed them of our experiences with the LDA to date, as well as putting forward our community’s issues with the concept designs.

We are very happy to see many of our issues reflected in the cross-party letter written by all Dundrum Councillors in relation to this phase of the project. They have come together to write a powerful letter to the LDA outlining their concerns. The Residents’ Association would like to commend them for representing us in this manner, and thank them for all their efforts.

The signators are:
Cllr. Jim O’Leary (FG)
Cllr. Anne Colgan (Ind)
Cllr. Peter O’Brien (Labour)
Cllr. Daniel Dunne (GP)
Cllr. Shay Brennan (FF)
Cllr. Seán McLoughlin (Ind)
Cllr. Anna Grainger (FG)

You can read this letter here.

27 Feb 2021

IGB – Permission Granted

DLR County Council has granted permission for temporary school buildings on the IGB site. This is to house the secondary school (Goatstown Education Together Secondary School). The permission is valid for five years. The development will consist of prefab type buildings at the front of the site (Goatstown Road side), and a path running through the site with pedestrian/cyclist openings at Mount Carmel Road and Farmhill Road. We hope to have a meeting with the Principal soon to discuss various issues.

You can read the Planner’s Report here.

You can read the Decision Letter here.

27 Feb 2021

The Goat – New SHD Application

It doesn’t rain but it pours. This is the 4th new development planned for the Goatstown Road in recent months. A new SHD application has been submitted for the site at The Goat pub. This development is to consist of approx. 300 apartments in blocks up to 8 storey high, a 22 bed hotel, 6 retail units, a childcare facility, and extension to the pub.

Details can be found here: http://thegoatshd.ie/
The final date for observations is 30th March (to be confirmed).

25 Feb 2021

CMH – Letter to Taoiseach – Group of Residents’ Associations

Roebuck Residents’ Association, along with all the residents’ groups located around the perimeter of the Central Mental Hospital site, have come together to write to the Taoiseach and to the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage.
The groups are:

  • Annaville/Dundrum Road RA
  • Roebuck RA
  • Mulvey Park RA
  • Frankfort Park RA
  • Rosemount RA
  • Highfield & Westbrook RA
  • Taney RA

Between us, we represent 1,410 households (c3,880 residents), and border the entire Central Mental Hospital Site.

We acknowledge that this significant site will be developed; indeed we understand the wider societal need for housing, and appreciate the attractiveness of the site as a location. In addition, we wish to set out the fact that our RAs want to work collaboratively and constructively with the LDA in finalising plans for the Central Mental Hospital (CMH) site; we strongly believe that this will result in the best outcome for all parties.

However several serious concerns are emerging which are common to all RAs:

  • Height
  • Density
  • Access/traffic
  • Demands on existing infrastructure

Of particular concern to many RAs is the manner in which the LDA is undertaking engagement. Based on the LDA’s actions to date, the strong perception is that key decisions have already been made regarding the development and we feel that we are being “railroaded” through a box ticking process masquerading as an engagement exercise with the aim of producing something that works for the LDA, and not our communities. This is not an acceptable or democratic way of conducting business by an agency of the State.

You can read the full letter here.

24 Feb 2021

CMH – Presentation to T.D.s

Here is the presentation we have given to Minister Catherine Martin T.D. and Josepha Madigan T.D.. We will also be presenting to other politicians in the coming days. It is a powerful presentation that accurately reflects how this development will impact on us. We perceive key decisions have already been made, and that we are being “railroaded” through a box
ticking process masquerading as an engagement exercise with the aim of producing something that works for the LDA, and not our community.

The currently proposed development will create legacy issues – Roebuck Residents’ Association (and others) and DLR CoCo will be left to deal with the aftermath for years to come.

You can view this presentation here.

20 Feb 2021

CMH – Make a Submission

The closing date for submissions for this phase of public consultation for the Dundrum Central project is next weekend, 28th February. It is very important that as many residents as possible express their opinions via this public consultation.

We strongly encourage every resident to make a submission. We also suggest you copy your email to our elected representatives.

We are sure you already have plenty of opinions about the concept proposal the LDA have put forward. However if you are in need of suggestions, you can read the Residents’ Association’s objectives for the development here, and see the letter we issued to the LDA, T.D.s etc. here. You can also see our visual mock-ups here.

The email address to send your comments and opinions on this proposal for the Central Mental Hospital site is: community@dundrumcentral.ie.

Make sure to include your home address in your email, so they can see you are a resident here.

16 Feb 2021

Please Take Our Survey

Take our survey here.

Between the Central Mental Hospital, the Vector Motors 239 bed (4 parking spaces) student accommodation, the two new schools going into the IGB site, and the 698 bed (11 parking spaces) student accommodation proposed for the OLG site, there is growing alarm at the scale of development in our area, and the problems this may cause.

As you know, we have formed a group in order to address the significant impact the Dundrum Central development will have on our community. This group has put together a survey which will help us to continue to gather residents’ concerns and opinions regarding this development, and will also give us more insight into the concerns around the potential increase in traffic caused by all three developments.

The information gathered will help support us in our efforts to best represent you when speaking to our elected representatives, DLR County Council and the LDA.

Take our survey here.

We are asking that all residents complete this survey.

Please complete the survey before the end of the week (before 21st February).

16 Feb 2021

CMH – Visual Mock-ups

Our CMH group has mocked up some insightful visuals of what the Dundrum Central development will look like, and how it will sit beside our homes and within our area. These visuals are based on the information supplied so far by the Land Development Agency.

Note: Images are interpretations based on descriptions given by the LDA at this time 

14 Feb 2021

OLG – New Planning Application, Student Accommodation

Here we go again. A new planning application has just gone in (dated February 12th) for the site on the Our Lady’s Grove campus. It is an SHD (fast-track) application for 698 bed student accommodation, with 9 car parking spaces.

It is in 8 blocks, with 3 to 6 storey buildings over lower ground floor, which appears to mean 7 storeys judging by the images provided.

The website to see all the information is: www.ourladysgrovestudentshd.ie, The Planning Report can be found here. The visual mock-ups can be found here. The design plans are here.

The reference number for An Bord Pleanála is PL06D.309430. The last date for observations is 18th March. (To search for this on the ABP website, enter 309430 in the search field.) You can also find all documents etc. on the DLR Planning website; search for ABP30943021.

You can find details on how to make an observation to An Bord Pleanála here. It is now possible to make an observation online.

We would also strongly encourage you to let your elected representatives know your views regarding this development. The Council also submits a report to the Board, and the Councillors feed into this.


We have received PDFs of the Board’s Opinion, the Inspectors Report and DLRCC’s Opinion. This is in relation to the Consultation stage, i.e. the pre-application stage of this application. A huge amount of the opinion in these reports is still valid for this application. The parts relating to Open Space, Future Expansion of the Schools and Trees in the DLRCC’s Opinion makes for particularly interesting reading, and would be very useful for those wishing to make an objection.


Soviet era blocks 1
Soviet era blocks 2
Soviet era blocks 3
12 Feb 2021

CMH – Letter to LDA, T.D.s and Others

We sent a letter to the LDA, c.c. Minister Catherine Martin T.D., Minister Josepha Madigan T.D., Neale Richmond T.D., John Moran, Chairman of the LDA, and Robert Burns, Director of Infrastructure, DLR CoCo.

We outlined our experience of dealing with the LDA to date, our concerns, and our hope that we might instead begin to have a constructive and collaborative relationship in regard to the development of this site.

Our area borders the entire eastern perimeter, and the majority of, the southern perimeter of the Central Mental Hospital site.

The information that is currently in the public domain is:

  • 14 storey buildings proposed
  • 1,300 units proposed
  • A proposed road across a green open space/playing field
  • Unrealistic parking allocations (c430 spaces) proposed

We already experience significant traffic rat-running through our area, plus our community faces four significant developments in our area (comprising over 2,400 units – CMH, Our Lady’s Grove, Vector Motors, 2 new schools in the IGB site) along with all their associated infrastructure demands

It’s not surprising that significant concerns are emerging among our members.

You can read this letter here.