Monthly Archive for July, 2016

New Census figures show Dublin 15 needs public transport investment to deal with increased population

Table of Top-Ten fastest growing Electoral Districts in the country

Table of Top-Ten fastest growing Electoral Districts in the country

Today’s initial Census 2016 figures show that of the top-ten fastest growing electoral districts in the country, three are located in the Dublin 15 area. These are Blanchardstown-Blakestown (which includes Ongar), The Ward (including Tyrrelstown) and Blanchardstown-Abbotstown (including Waterville). The Census is giving statistical proof of something that Dublin 15 residents know all too well. More and more houses are being built, but the services, particularly in the area of public transport, are not being provided to match.

Last year I highlighted how the Capital Infrastructure Plan 2016-2021 delivered little for Dublin West in terms of improving our public transport infrastructure. For example, no funding was provided in it for the Bus Rapid Transit scheme from Ongar to UCD. This was despite the fact that the BRT is regarded as the major transport solution for the Ongar/West Blanchardstown area.

As these Census results demonstrate the sustained population growth in Dublin 15, it is essential that the new Minister for Transport review the Capital Infrastructure Plan before 2021 and give funding for projects in west Dublin. We cannot afford five years of traffic gridlock.

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.