Monthly Archive for November, 2014

Aldi planning application in Clonsilla village

Plan of proposed Aldi store and housing development in Clonsilla

Plan of proposed Aldi store and housing development in Clonsilla

Aldi have made a new application for planning permission at the site opening out onto the Clonsilla Road beside Lambourn estate.

The development consists of a 2 storey Aldi shop including an off-licence and crèche, 20 three storey houses, a new public plaza off the main road and 140 car parking spaces including 100 for the shop and 40 for the houses.

The planning application number is FW14A/0144. The deadline for objections or observations is the 23rd December.

You can now register online and make your objection/observation through the Fingal website. The relevant form is here.

Alternatively, you can write to Planning Department, Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main Street Swords, Co. Dublin.

Include your own name and address, and also you must use the number for this planning application: FW14A/0144.

Remember, there is a €20 fee to make an objection or observation.

If you want to get in touch with me regarding the application, please do so.

Planning investigation needed about demolition of historic building on Blanchardstown Main Street

Beechview House was raised to the ground on Friday afternoon

Beechview House was raised to the ground on Friday afternoon

I’m deeply angry to see that Beechview House, at the start of Blanchardstown Main Street, was demolished on Friday. I do not believe that this demolition had planning permission and I have asked Fingal County Council to undertake a planning enforcement investigation into the matter.

The planning permission granted for this site in 2012 made it clear that the existing structure was to be “redeveloped” and incorporated into a new medical centre and two apartments. It is absolutely outrageous that some developers still think they can ignore planning permission and do what they like.

This was a historic building. It was constructed in 1840, so it actually dates back to before the Famine. While buildings have to change and make room for the growth of Blanchardstown, this can be done in an appropriate way, as was seen with the redevelopment of the cottages on Main Street to create the Bicycle Shop and the Cottage Café. Indeed, the plans for Beechview were quite sympathetic and would have allowed for the retention of the old building.

I look forward to the planning officials providing local councillors with a full report of what has happened at this site.

He is how the house looked earlier in the year, as building work was starting.

He is how the house looked earlier in the year, as building work was starting.

Tir na nOg Park – Follow Up

 

Following on from the attack in Tir na nOg Park a few weeks ago, I’ve been working on a number of fronts to improve security in the area.

I previously mentioned that the Council are seriously considering the installation of lighting along the path that runs beside the boundary with CCC. Also, following requests from myself and other councillors, significant cutting back of trees and shrubs has taken place, which will significantly improve visibility in the area.

I also contacted the Gardai regarding security in the park generally. As you see from the response below, extra patrols have been provided in both marked and unmarked cars. The Community Gardai have been liaising with local residents about enhanced security in the area.

I will update further once the lights for Tir na nOg Park are confirmed.

Response – Gardai – Tir na nOg