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 ABP-309430-21. We assume the last date for observations is 19th March, (5 weeks after the date it is registered). To be confirmed.

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.

12 Feb 2021

CMH – Our Objectives

Our Objectives
We have begun the process of engaging with the various parties involved in the development of the Central Mental Hospital. We acknowledge that development will happen on this site in the coming years, however we expect that this development will fit within, and enhance, our existing communities. The current proposal does neither. We are very concerned that it will be detrimental to our well-established close-knit community build over the last 70 years.

Our Objectives for this development are:
To protect our families: We want quieter roads, not an exacerbation of the existing rat-runs.
Appropriate development: 4/6 story blocks mid site, with 2/3 story houses at the edges is appropriate.
Diversity in housing: Our area needs elderly/downsizer housing, family housing and a mix of owner occupiers and social housing.
Proper infrastructure: Given the lack of public investment in past years, Luas, transport, roads, schools, healthcare, childcare and recreational spaces are all at capacity. There’s no room for this development at the scale proposed.

05 Feb 2021

Vector Motors – Decision

An Bord Pleanála has just made their decision regarding the 239 bed student accommodation SHD development (with 4 parking spaces (2 for disabled parking), and 2 set down spaces ) for the Vector Motors site. The Board has granted permission for this development in its entirety. It has done so despite their own Inspector recommending refusal. DLR County Council also recommended refusal.

The reference is: PL06D.308353.

You can find our objection to this development, and more details, here.

28 Jan 2021

IGB Schools – New Planning Documents Online

The Department of Education has sent the Request for Further Information documents into the Council, as they were instructed to do by the planners back in August last year. The documents are now online on the DLR planning website.

There is only a very short amount of time to comment or make an observation on these documents. We have until 8th February (that is two weeks from the date the Council received the documents.). The 8th of February is Monday week. As before, and in accordance with our mandate, the committee will be responding on behalf of residents in Roebuck. However, that of course, does not preclude individual residents from responding as well.

We notice they have included a pedestrian access from Mount Carmel Road and the top of Farmhill Road. They have also included a path along the northern boundary of the site. There are other elements, and we would encourage residents to look at the new documents and make an observation if required.

View the documents here:https://planning.agileapplications.ie/dunlaoghaire/application-details/85873#documents
The new documents are all on page 2. The “Proposed Site Plan” is the one that shows the plan drawing.
The Application reference number is D20A/0268.

28 Jan 2021

€20 Annual Subscription Now Due

At this time of the year, we would normally be dropping an envelope to your door, to collect the annual subscription for membership (our year runs from the AGM in October until the folowing October). This year, that will be delayed due to the lockdown. If you wish to arrange for payment directly, below are details of the methods available. We will arrange to drop an envelope in to each house in due course if you wish to pay by cash or cheque.
Thank you for your continued support for the work of the Association.

1 By ‘Stripe’
Use the link on the Associations website; https://www.roebuckresidents.com/pay-now/

2. By Standing Order
Download this form, complete and send to your Bank (if you use online banking, you may be able to do this online).
Standing Order Form

3. Online Banking Payment
Create a payee on your online banking with the following details and
execute the payment ;
Payee Name: Roebuck Residents Association
IBAN IE14AIBK93312036958012
Beneficiary Reference Owners’ name and address e.g. “ Murphy 45 Farmhill Grove”

22 Jan 2021

CMH – Virtual Consultation Room

The LDA has released some concept plans of what it is being proposed for the Central Mental Hospital site. They have just launched a “Virtual Consultation Room” on their website at www.dundrumcentral.ie.

It is our opinion, that the “Virtual Consultation Room” they have developed will be inaccessible to many people due to the technology used in developing it. We have requested that they provide us with a more straightforward version that can be accessed by all. Until we get this, we have managed to get some screenshots of the content and have uploaded them. You can view them below.

This concept proposal is open to public comment until 28th February 2021. You can comment via their website.

There will be two public webinars held by the LDA:
1. Wednesday 27th January, 7pm
2. Tuesday 2nd February, 5pm
(Register for these via the “Get Involved” tab on the dundrumcentral.ie website)

After that the timeline is as follows:
– Public consultation up to 28th February 2021. Following this, feedback received will be collated and considered and the designs will be developed up into a draft masterplan in the coming months.
– A further stage of consultation will be undertaken on the Masterplan.
– Following this stage, a planning application will be prepared and submitted for decision. Estimated timescale is mid-2021.
– Subject to An Bord Pleanála approval, construction is expected to commence in 2022 with the first units expected to be made available later in 2023.

You can download these screenshots (JPEGs) in a Zip file here (4MB).

13 Jan 2021

New DLR CDP – Public Submission

As mentioned above the new draft DLR County Development Plan 2022-2028 is now out for public consultation. We encourage residents to have a look and to make a submission. It is quite long, but there are bits that are particularly important to us around here, e.g. the zoning regarding OLG, the Central Mental Hospital, IGB, Dundrum etc. etc.

Some possible starting points:

– The map for this area, that shows the zoning types, can be found here. (Note the OLG zoning, and Specific Local Objectives for Rosemount/CMH relating to recreation and sport)
– Also worth noting is that Goatstown Road is being categorised as a Proposed Bus Priority Route (you can see this marked on the Land Use Zoning Map 1). The significance of this is that higher densities than 50 units per hectare can be allowed within 1km of QBC/Luas or 500m of Bus Priority Route. In reality it’s pretty clear that Goatstown Road is no such thing. The kerbed cycle lanes means this cannot be achieved. Also Bus Connects is reducing the frequency of the bus (will be the No.10, now No.11) to 30 minute intervals. The OLG JR also found that Goatstown Road did not qualify as a Bus Priority Route or a QBC. This should be clarified in the new County Development Plan.

There will no doubt be plenty of other things that will be of interest to residents. The chapter headings for the draft CDP are:

  1. Vision and context
  2. Core Strategy (this deals with ‘big picture’ of where growth (housing, population centres  and employment in particular will go)
  3. Climate Action
  4. Neighbourhood – People, Places and Home (New definition of INST, p.83)
  5. Transport and Mobility
  6. Enterprise and Employment
  7. Towns, Villages and Retail Development (Dundrum is on p.147)
  8. Green Infrastructure and Biodiversity
  9. Open Space, Parks and Recreation
  10. Environmental Infrastructure and Flood Risk
  11. Heritage and Conservation
  12. Development Management
  13. Land Use Zoning
  14. Specific Local Objectives
  15. Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation

You can view the Plan here (see the orange links at the bottom of the page). You can make a submission via the relevant section on the DLR website. The closing date for submissions is April 16th. In addition to making an online submission, you should also email the Dundrum Councillors with your concerns or questions. This is really the only opportunity they have to influence zoning, as well as many other aspects of this Plan. So if there’s something you want to see done, this is the time to approach them.