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.