I’m very pleased to see that Fingal County Council has submitted a very detailed request for additional information on the proposed development of 538 new residential units on a site behind St. Patricks National School in Diswellstow.
Additional information is being sought from the developers on twelve different grounds, focusing on many of the concerns that I and other residents raised in our objections to the development. The request for additional information can be seen on the PDF files linked at the bottom of this post.
The Council has highlighted the hugely inappropriate density of the development in an area which is not well served with public transport and called for the number of apartments to be reduced.
I’m particularly pleased to see that the Council has highlighted the limited capacity of local primary schools, including St. Patricks NS, to provide spaces for future residents of the development. This was an issue I raised in my own submission and one which now must be taken into account by local authorities due to recent changes in the Planning Guidelines by John Gormley, the Minister for Environment. As such, the Council has proposed that the vacant site in front of St. Patricks would be given over by the developer to the school.
The Council also highlighted my concern over the risks posed by having the development share its entrance with St Patricks NS through the roundabout on the Diswellstown Road. In order to address this, the Council have proposed that a set down area for pupils of the school could be constructed on the site in front of the school.
One negative aspect of the Councils call for further information is their request that the developer provide even more car-parking spaces for the commercial centre, on top of the 909 parking spaces already proposed. This can only serve to bring more traffic into the already congested Diswellstown area.
Obviously, I need to see what response the developer makes to this call for additional information. However I still remain very sceptical about the overall appropriateness of the development and its impact on existing residents of the area.