Archive for the 'Blanchardstown' Category

Big changes to Snugborough Road bridge and junction proposed

Fingal County Council are bringing forward a proposal for a major change to the Snugborough Road bridge and junction. This proposal is currently out for public consultation. The key details are:

  • Upgrading the existing five-arm signalised junction at Snugborough Rd/N3 off-ramp/Blanchardstown Centre. Widen all road approaches, provide new high quality pedestrian/cyclist facilities and new public transport priority measures.
  • Removal of right hand turning movement from Waterville onto the Snugborough Road.
  • Removal of existing roundabout at Snugborough Rd/N3 on-ramp/Waterville and construction of 2 new signalised junctions in its place.
  • Construction of new bridge structures over the N3 and over the Tolka Valley.
  • Replace existing ramp access to Tolka Valley Park with access at similar grade.

Full details and images can be found here.

If you want to make a submission on this proposal, it can be made in writing to the Senior Executive Officer, Planning Department, Fingal County Council, Main Street, Swords, Co. Dublin. Submissions can also be made online here. The Council will consider all submissions before a final decision is made on the proposal.

The deadline is close of business on Thursday, 23rd February, 2017. Please feel free to forward me on a copy of your submission at rodericogorman@gmail.com

Update on Brady’s apartment proposal

Clarifications sought by Fingal planners from developer

Clarifications sought by Fingal planners from developer

I received a notification from Fingal in the last few days that the planners have again written to the developers of the proposed apartments at Brady’s, looking for ‘Clarification of Additional Information’.

I’m pleased to see that the specific issue that I raised in my own recent submission – the failure to include a shadow analysis for the Winter period – was one of the two points that the Council planners identified as lacking in what the developers have supplied to date.

It is essential that the planners are given the correct information about the impact of the proposed four storey apartment blocks on the surrounding existing homes.

Once the developers supply this, we shall have another opportunity to make submissions.

I have objected to the proposed 4 storey apartment block at the Brady’s Pub site

I have submitted an objection to Fingal County Council, calling on it to reject planning permission for a proposed 4 storey apartment on the site of Brady’s Pub, on the Old Navan Road beside Blanchardstown. The planning application proposes 41 two and three bed apartments.

My main concern is that the proposed development is completely out of keeping with the two storey family homes in the estates that surround it. At its maximum height, the apartment block would be four stories high. This will completely overshadow the houses in the vicinity, blocking their light and removing their privacy.

I also believe that this proposal represents a major overdevelopment of the Brady’s pub site. Under the current Development Plan, the zoning objective for this land is to “Provide for residential development and protect and improve residential amenity”. This proposal would severely impact on amenity for existing residents. I think it is unsuitable for this site. The developer should be looking to build family sized houses here instead.

The application itself acknowledged that it does not meet the minimum required number of car-parking spaces as set out under the current Fingal Development Plan. The Old Navan Road along with the Talbot estate roads are already subject to commuter parking on most weekdays. An apartment block of the density proposed will undoubtedly have a significant number of two car households. The fact that the current proposal underprovides for visitor car-parking means that extra parking will be generated on the surrounding roads.

Planning application at Brady’s Pub, Old Navan Road

Elevation view of the proposed development on Brady's Pub.

Elevation view of the proposed development on Brady’s Pub.

A planning application has been received by Fingal County Council for the demolition of Brady’s Pub and its replacement with an apartment development. The key details are:

  • 41 no. apartments (34 no. two bedroom and 7 no. three bedroom units)
  • Four distinct apartment blocks each 4 storey (with set back 2nd and 3rd floor) over basement (see drawing overleaf)
  • 69 no. underground car parking spaces, new vehicular entrance from Old Navan Road
  • Pedestrian access into existing park area between Talbot Downs and Court

The planning application number is FW16A/0079.

You can view the planning application online here, using the application number. It can also be viewed on request at the Planning Desk at the Fingal County Council Offices in Blanchardstown.

Should you wish to submit an objection or observation, the deadline is close of business on the 28th June. These should be sent to the Planning Department, Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main Street Swords, Co. Dublin. Include your own name and address, and you must use the number for this planning application.

You can also register online and make your objection/observation through the Fingal website. Remember, there is a €20 fee to make an objection.

Ariel view of proposed new development

Ariel view of proposed new development

If you are making an objection, please forward me on a copy to rodericogorman@gmail.com.

I have already had this planning application call up and discussed at a meeting of Fingal County Council where I highlighted my concerns about the height and density of the proposed development with the planning officials present.

 

Proposed Traffic Calming measures along the Waterville Distributor Road

Map of proposed traffic calming measures opposite Waterville Park

Map of proposed traffic calming measures opposite Waterville Park

Fingal County Council is bringing forward a proposal for a traffic calming scheme along the Waterville Distributor Road (opposite Waterville Park).

  • Double yellow lining along each side of the road
  • Four uncontrolled pedestrian crossing points at various intervals on the Waterville Distributor Road
  • Appropriate signage and lining where necessary

The location of these can be seen on the map overleaf.

If you would like to make a submission on this proposal, please contact:

Mr. Mick Carroll, Administrative Officer, Operations Department, Fingal County Council, Grove Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.

Alternatively, you can make a submission online here.

The deadline for comments is 4:30pm on Friday 17th June. Feel free to forward me on a copy of your views at rodericogorman@gmail.com

These comments will be discussed at a meeting of the Council later in the summer, where a final decision will be taken as to whether to proceed with the scheme or not.

New Social Housing in Dublin 15

Some of the new social houses at Rossan Court, Waterville, D15

Some of the new social houses at Rossan Court, Waterville, D15

On Friday, I had the opportunity to inspect the new house bought by Fingal County Council for use as social housing at the Rossan Court development in Waterville. The development consists of 44 homes – 31 three-bed and 13 four-bed houses. The houses are of extremely high standard and all are provided with gardens to the rear.

 

While I was there, a number of families who are being offered these homes were getting their first look at them. Many of these families have been on the housing list for many years or have been homeless for a substantial period. There was a real sense of joy as the new tenants saw where they will soon be living.

New e-car charge points in Dublin 15

New ecar charge point on Mill Road, Blanchardstown

New ecar charge point on Mill Road, Blanchardstown

I’m pleased that that Fingal County Council had identified locations and permitted the installation of these free public e-car charge points by the ESB. The charge points are on Park Avenue in Castleknock and Mill Road in Blanchardstown. What is good about these new points is that they are on the public road and are therefore free to access. All the charge points previously in Dublin 15 were on private property, and there were questions about the cost of using them.

The ESB have been rolling out these public charge points across the country over the last few years. They are provided at no cost to the local authority, other than finding a location to install them. I’ve been pushing to have more of these free e-car charge points in Dublin 15 since I was elected last year, as Fingal was behind some other local authorities in terms of getting them installed.

Consumers continue to buy e-cars as they seem them as cheaper and more efficient to run, as well as their environmental benefits. This new charging infrastructure in Dublin 15 means that users now have even greater opportunity to use them.

 

Royal Canal Clean-Up: Wed, 17th June

 

The annual Dublin West Green Party Royal Canal-Clean Up will take place on Wednesday, 17th June, meeting at 7:00pm at Castleknock Train Station.

We plan to work on the stretch to the 12th Lock and towards Coolmine Station.

Gloves and bags will be provided.

Hope to see you on the 17th.