I am very pleased that An Bord Pleanala has followed the lead of Fingal County Council and rejected planning permission for a Lidl supermarket at the Flower-Shop site in Castleknock village. However, I would have a concern that both the County Council and An Bord Pleanala seem to suggest that this site in the centre of Castleknock village should be even more intensively developed than Lidl were suggesting.
This is why it is so important that the Council now undertake a new urban centre strategy (UCS) for Castleknock village. The process for drawing up the previous UCS was flawed and was strongly opposed by local residents. It was on the basis of this flawed document that the various attempts to put a high rise development on the Flower-Shop site were made. It is time to get real community input and draw up a plan that will see this important site in the village put to proper use.
At a local area committee meeting of Fingal County Council in September, the Council indicated that, depending on the decision of An Bord Pleanala in the Lidl appeal, the Council would look at drawing up a new UCS. Now that the rejection of planning permission has been upheld, I am call on Fingal County Council to quickly follow through on its commitment.
Reply – An Bord P – Lidl
Yesterday, at the Castleknock-Mulhuddart local area committee of Fingal County Council, I raised some concerns about the traffic survey that had been submitted as part of the Aldi planning application for a two storey store and 20 three storey houses in Clonsilla village.
This site, close to Lambourn, has long been the subject of planning applications to build a supermarket and housing units.
One element of this new application that really concerns me is the traffic submission. The applicants state that they only assessed the impact that this development would have on traffic between 4:00pm-7:00pm in the evening. They claim that, as the store would only open at 9:00am, they do not need to assess its impact on morning traffic.
I think this approach is deeply flawed. Anyone who drives through Clonsilla village in the morning knows that it suffers from significant backlogs of traffic, generated by the level crossing, St Mochta’s NS and more generally, the large number of people living in the area.
I have specifically asked the Fingal County Council planners considering this application, to give very careful consideration as to whether this planning application has properly assessed the impact of this major development on traffic in an already congested village.