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New planning application near Clonsilla village

A planning app has been submitted for the site a the corner of the Clonsilla Rd and the Clonsilla Link Rd.

A planning app has been submitted for the site a the corner of the Clonsilla Rd and the Clonsilla Link Rd.

A significant new planning application has been submitted for the site at the corner of the Clonsilla Road and Clonsilla Link Road, beside Porters Gate estate.

The proposed development is for:

  • 103 residential units in total (made up of 67 two storey houses and 36 apartments in two 3 storey blocks)
  • A two storey convenience food store of 1,300m2 aprox
  • A single storey building with a cafe and shop
  • 40 carparking spaces for the aparetment blocks and 82 spaces for the commercial development
  • An ESB substation
  • New entrance off the Clonsilla Link Road (opposite entrance to Castlefield Court)

There is already planning permission in existence (which applies up to 2020) for 166 residential units (138 apartments and 28 houses) and some commercial units on this site.

The applicant number is FW16a/0176. The deadline for submission is the 13th Jan.

Feel free to get in touch if you wish to discuss this or any other issues with me.

St Mochta’s NS Update

Dail question put down to Minister for Education on my behalf by Catherine Martin TD

Dail question put down to Minister for Education on my behalf by Catherine Martin TD

This is the response to the Dail question that my colleague, Catherine Martin TD, submitted to the Minister for Education on my behalf regarding the withdrawal of funding for St. Mochta’s NS.

As you can see, at this stage the Minister has not reversed his decision. The Chair of the school board and the principal are meeting with the Minister next Thursday (29th). Hopefully at that stage, the Minister will have reconsidered.

There will be a public meeting in the school that evening, which I will be attending. I would encourage all concerned members of the St Mochta’s NS / Clonsilla community to attend.


Education Minister must provide funding for St Mochta’s NS

The decision of the Department of Education to deny St Mochtas N.S. funding for its rebuild, even though this was publicly promised last November, is a huge blow to the pupils and the entire community in Clonsilla. Conditions in the prefabs in the school are appalling and it is outrageous that children are expected to learn in them.

The Minister for Education must explain why the commitment made to St Mochtas is being broken. The Green Party will be putting a Dail question to him on this issue.

I will continue to work as part of the St Mochtas Task Force, to put pressure on the Department to provide the promised funding.

Fingal Enforcement Unit needs to closely monitor new planning permission granted at Windmill in Clonsilla

I’m disappointed to see the granting of planning permission for 143 new apartments at the Windmill development in Clonsilla. This site has a very poor planning history. Much of the public open space that was meant to be provided as part of the original planning permission was never delivered. The site has been left in an appalling state over the last number of years. Fingal County Council itself took the developer to the High Court in order to get the original plans, including the public open space, completed.

I strongly believe that it would have been much better had the developer been compelled to finish the original development before coming back for any new permission. However, I do note that a significant number of detailed conditions have been placed on the grant of planning permission, requiring that much of the open space, including a playground, is completed before any work on new apartments starts.

It is absolutely essential that the Council’s Enforcement Unit closely monitors any work on this site and ensures that this phasing is fully adhered to. The existing residents deserve to have the facilities that were originally promised, finally provided.

Decision on Kempton Vale

I have received a commitment from the National Transport Authority regarding consultation with residents in the event of future level crossing closures

Response from NTA to me confirming commitment to consult with residents in event of new proposals to close level crossings

Response from NTA to me confirming commitment to consult with residents in event of new proposals to close level crossings

I am delighted to have received confirmation from the National Transport Authority (NTA) that, if there are future proposals to close level crossings in the Dublin 15 area, the NTA will engage in genuine consultation with affected local communities, beyond any consultation that is required under legislation.

This confirmation was contained in a letter to me from Anne Graham, the Chief Executive of the NTA. This forms an important guarantee for Dublin 15 residents which will ensure that their views are not ignored in any future changes.

The attempt to close the Porterstown Road level crossing a number of years ago was badly mishandled and was a top-down attempt to impose a decision on a local community. Vigorous activism by local residents blocked the proposal, but the entire episode undermined confidence in the NTA. Since then, I have been working to ensure that a new approach is taken by the organisation, in the event that it seeks to make changes to the level crossings in the future.

Within Fingal County Council, I successfully submitted an amendment to the draft Fingal Development Plan to ensure that the Council officials accept the principle of prior consultation regarding the future of the level crossings. Now, I have also secured acceptance of this principle form the National Transport Authority.

NTA plans to provide ‘real time bus monitor’ at Clonsilla Station


The National Transport Authority has confirmed to me that it plans to provide a real time bus monitor at the city-bound bus stop beside Clonsilla Train Station and that it will give consideration to a second monitor in Clonsilla village.

There are currently no city-bound real time bus monitors in the Clonsilla area. As the village is served by the 39 bus route, which is far less frequent than the 39a route, it is important that commuters waiting at bus stops are given good notice of the arrival of buses. I wrote to the National Transport Authority and suggested that they install bus monitors in two specific locations – one at the bus stop beside Clonsilla Train Station and at the other at the stop in the middle of the village.

The NTA has responded by saying that they have identified the stop beside Clonsilla Station as a location for a real time monitor. They are currently awaiting funding for the next round of installations. The NTA also stated that they will consider the second stop in Clonsilla village in future phases of installations.

I welcome these commitments from the NTA. Placing a real time monitor beside Clonsilla Train Station will allow for better connectivity between bus and train routes in the area and would be of real benefit to commuters. I am calling on the Minister for Transport to rapidly provided the funding for the next found of real time monitor installations.


Reply – NTA – real time monitors in Clonsilla

Good news as St Mochta’s NS submits planning application for new school


It is great to see that St Mochta’s have put in their planning application for the demolition of the exiting school and the construction of a new building on the current site. This has been a long time coming, and I warmly welcome it.

This is a really large national school with four separate streams, giving 32 classes in total. The current school is absolutely no longer fit for purpose. The building is far too small for the population of over 800 pupils. Some of the prefabs in which students are taught are dark and extremely damp.

A Task Force (of which I’m a member) was established by the school’s Board of Management a number of years ago, to progress this building project. It has gone to great lengths to keep both the school community and those living in the vicinity informed about the development. A briefing was given in November 2013 during the public meeting on the proposed closing of the Porterstown level crossing. Then late last year, the school organised a public meeting where the architect went through the plans in detail, in order to hear and address any concerns about the design.

A big school like St Mochta’s generates significant traffic. A lot of work in designing the layout of the new building has focused on reducing this as much as possible. Once finished, the new layout will have a much larger drop off area for parents, which will no longer be directly on the Porterstown Road. This will go some way to reducing current levels of congestion.

The architects have also incorporated the old ‘White School’ building into the new design, so this Clonsilla landmark will be preserved and continue to have a function in the school.

Real thought and attention has gone into the planning of this new school building. I strongly support it and I hope that it is swiftly granted planning permission by the Fingal County Council planners.

Aldi in Clonsilla: FCC asks for better traffic impact information


I’m pleased to see the request for Additional Information made by Fingal County Council Planning Department to the developers of the proposed Aldi in Clonsilla village. The Council planners have requested additional information about a range of issues, including the amount of traffic that will be generated. The proposed development includes a two storey Aldi store, a crèche and 20 three storey houses.

I raised this proposed development at the Fingal County Council local area committee, as I was concerned that the original traffic survey on which the application is based was inadequate. The developer had stated that they only assessed the impact that this development would have on traffic between 4:00pm-7:00pm in the evening. They claimed that, as the Aldi store would only open at 9:00am, there was no need to assess its impact on morning traffic. At the time, I argued that this approach was flawed, due to the significant levels of traffic that Clonsilla village has every morning, generated by the level crossing, St Mochta’s NS and more generally, the large number of people living in the area.

The Fingal planners have now requested that the Aldi developers submit new additional information about the traffic generated by the proposed crèche in the development. They have also asked that the developer provide traffic projections both in and outside of peak hours, and for all the date on which their traffic impact assessment is based.

I think most people accept that this site in Clonsilla village needs redevelopment. However, we cannot make the same mistakes as were made in the past when adding new commercial and residential units to existing villages. I hope that if Aldi submit the requested additional information, they will be able to deal with the legitimate questions about how the traffic from this new development will be managed.

Additional Information Request – Aldi Clonsilla Village