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O’Gorman calls on Fingal CC to pay more attention to Castleknock Train Station

 

 

10/01/10

 

 

Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman has called on Fingal County Council to pay more attention to Castleknock Train Station in its Urban Design Plan for Blanchardstown Village.

 

“I’m calling on called on Fingal County Council to pay more attention to Castleknock Train Station in its Urban Design Plan for Blanchardstown Village. I’m concerned that the current Draft Plan is quite dismissive of the role that Castleknock Train Station plays for the village. The Draft Plan states that the station is “somewhat detached from the village”. It also points out at it is only 1 km from the Village centre”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

 

“The Draft Plan also spends a considerable amount of time discussing the positive impact that Metro West will have on the village. While obviously a station at the west end of the Village would be fantastic, I think the Council should be putting at least as much importance on the station we currently have, rather than a station that is some years in the future. This is particularly the case as the number of trains serving Castleknock will increase over the course of this year, with the opening of the Dunboyne line”.

 

“A large number of commuters from Blanchardstown use the Castleknock Station everyday, and there are a number of measures the Council should look at to make it even more popular. One relatively simple measure would be a pedestrian crossing at the junction of Roselawn Road and the Castleknock Road. Currently, pedestrians take their lives in their hands as the cross between cars”.

 

“Fingal County Council should also examine widening the path from Blanchardstown up the hump-back bridge (Granard Bridge) over the canal. The path is extremely narrow – in places only one person can walk on it safely. It is particularly dangerous on dark nights when there is a large volume of traffic on the road beside it, or indeed, on icy days like we have experienced over the last two weeks”.

 

“In my submission on the Blanchardstown Urban Design Plan, I’ve called on Fingal County Council to take measures to better link Castleknock Station with Blanchardstown Village. I hope we see such measures included in the final draft”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.

 

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Further Information

Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777

 

Press Release – O’Gorman calls for ‘high rise’ buildings to be removed from Blanchardstown Village Plan

 

 

04/01/10

 

 

Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman has called on Fingal County Council to remove plans for high rise buildings from the Blanchardstown Village Draft Urban Design Framework Plan.

 

“Just before Christmas I submitted the response of the Dublin West Green Party to the Blanchardstown Village Draft Urban Design Framework Plan that Fingal County Council had put on public display. While I welcomed many aspects of the plan, I am deeply concerned by proposals to allow tall buildings be constructed in a number of locations within the village”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

 

“The Draft Plan identifies 13 ‘Opportunity Sites’ throughout the village and makes proposals for their redevelopment. In nearly all cases, I agree with the need for some degree of redevelopment of these sites. However, in certain situations I feel that the density of what is being proposed, and in particular the height, is grossly unsuitable in light of the objective of protecting the village character”.

 

“This is particularly the case at the Bell Pub site, where a so called ‘signature building’ of up to 6 stories is suggested, and on the Superquinn site, where the Council are proposing a large 5 storey residential and commercial building”.

 

“Early in December I leaflet areas of Blanchardstown Village to let residents know what has been proposed and I have received a lot of contact from residents concerned over certain aspects of the plans. In order to address these concerns, I am calling on Fingal County Council to insert a new local objective into the Development Plan regarding the height of buildings permitted within the village. This should clearly state that buildings will not go beyond 4 stories other than possibly the area around the Garda Station at the north-west end of the village”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.

 

 

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Further Information

Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777

My submission on the Blanchardstown Village Draft Urban Design Framework Plan

RE: Blanchardstown Village Draft Urban Design Framework Plan

 

 

Dear Sir/Madam,

 

Please find below the submission on behalf of the Dublin West Green Party regarding the Blanchardstown Village Draft Urban Design Framework Plan.

 

Kind regards

 

 

Roderic O’Gorman

 

General Comments

 

We welcome the detailed nature of the Draft Plan. However, we reiterate the point we made in our first submission that the subject area is excessively narrow. In particular, the failure to include the Roselawn Road and surround estates, the Roselawn Shopping Centre and Castleknock Train Station means that significant commercial, transportation and educational infrastructure is omitted, along with surrounding residential areas.

 

Movement

 

Rail & Metro

We submit that the discussion of Rail at 4.1.1. is quite dismissive. Castleknock train station provides a quality services to residents of the east side of the village, and this service is set to improve in 2010 with the opening of the Dunboyne line.

We would suggest that greater consideration should be given to increasing the accessibility of the Castleknock station to the rest of the village through signage, implementing a proper pedestrian crossing over the Roselawn Road and widening the footpath over the Granard Bridge. This would address the current “detached” nature of the train station. The focus should be on the train line that is up and running, rather than one whose future looks dubious in light of budget cuts.

 

Pedestrian

We argue that increased reference to pedestrian facilities should be made. In particular, there should be a greater emphasis placed on using the Tolka Valley and the Royal Canal as priority pedestrian routes. We would also suggest that pedestrian access to Castleknock Train Station be improved through the creation of a pedestrian crossing on the Roselawn Road and a widening of the footpath over the Granard Bridge, as referred to above.

 

Bus and Cycle lane Provision

We welcome proposals to create a bus and a cycle lane through the village. There will be a further need to consult with local cyclists to look at specific black spots that they face in the village, particularly on the outbound route which will not receive the benefit of the cycle lane.

The proposed bus lane will result in the elimination of some on street parking in the village. An examination the impact of reduced car parking on surrounding residential estates needs to be undertaken. Some degree of permit parking may be necessary to ensure residents of these areas are not disadvantaged as a result of this.

 

Closing Main Street

Page 31 of the Draft Plan refers to provision for the closure of Main Street for major events which would attract large crowds. While this would undoubtedly enable more community events to occur, the impact of traffic diversions on surrounding roads, particularly the Roselawn Road, would have to be accessed.

 

Noise Pollution

As with our initial submission, we believe that the Draft Plan should make a reference to the need for measures to reduce noise pollution suffered by residents living close to the N3, in particular on Herbert Road and Millstead. Residents of these estates have suffered over the years and the National Roads Authority has made little effort to address the situation. We argue that specific reference to the needs of residents of these estates should be included.

 

Planning & Rezoning

 

Building height

The Draft Plan identifies 13 ‘Opportunity Sites’ throughout the village and makes proposals for their redevelopment. In nearly all cases, we agree with the need for some degree of redevelopment of these sites. However, in certain situations we feel that the density of what is being proposed, and in particular the height, is grossly unsuitable in light of the objective of protecting the village character.

 

Site 1

We welcome the idea of providing a public space as a focal point for activities within the village such as markets or public events. However, we have concerns about the proposal for a 5 storey development on the site. This area is surrounded by established residential estates and we feel such a high development would impose on these properties.

 

 

 

 

Site 2

We welcome the proposal to develop this site as it is currently the focus of anti-social activity and causes problems for surrounding residential areas, such as Mary Brennan Park.

 

Site 7

The Draft Pan contains an extremely ambitious proposal for the Bell Pub site, including a 6 storey ‘signature building’ at the corner of the Castleknock Road and Navan Road at the east end of the village. We would argue that this is totally out of proportion with the rest of the village and the surrounding houses. If one of the goals of the redevelopment of Blanchardstown is to maintain the character of the village, then we argue that a building of this height in such a prominent position is completely unsuitable.

 

Site 10

We would welcome the proposal to have increased linkage from the village to the Tolka Valley and possibly further to the Waterville estate through this site. It should be born in mind that as this site includes some of the floodplain of the Tolka. We would have a concern that the proposed new buildings are significantly further within the flood plane and thus that they have an increased risk of being flooded.  

 

Site 11

We would have a concern that the proposed 5 storey building at the junction of Main Street and the Clonsilla Road is excessively high, regarding being had to the surrounding area.

 

Site 12

The Draft Plan again proposes relatively high buildings of 5/6 storeys at this point. We feel that the height is not such an issue as this is not the traditional heart of the village, and the buildings would be in the setting of other modern buildings such as the Garda Station and the Women’s Refuge.

 

Rezoning

7.14 A new local objective should be inserted regarding the height of buildings permitted within the village. This should clearly state that buildings will not go beyond 4 stories other that the area around the Garda Station at the north-west end of the village.

 

Tolka Valley

 

We would be broadly supportive of the proposals regarding the Tolka Valley. Any changes need to bear in mind the need to ensure that disturbances are not cause for those houses currently backing onto the village. New pedestrian and cycle links to Waterville, in particular the construction of new bridge are a welcome development.

 

Linking Blanchardstown Village with the Town Centre

 

We welcome proposals to improve the linkage between the Town Centre and the village. However, it is important that design features ensure that there remains a distinction between these two different areas with two distinct and different characters.

A possible connection through Springlawn to Town Centre would have both advantages and disadvantages. It would create a shortcut for those on the Clonsilla Road and surrounding estates to the Town Centre. This short cut is already unofficially used with many people jumping the wall at Springlawn. However, increased pedestrian traffic may bring anti-social, litter etc. along with concern about people loitering at the entrance. Any decision on this issue would require consultation and participation of the residents of the estate.

Public Submissions needed on Blanchardstown Draft Urban Design Framework

 

Over the past year, Fingal County Council has been drawing together plans which will act as a guide for any future development within Blanchardstown Village. The Council has recently published the Blanchardstown Village Draft Urban Design Framework Plan and are now seeking public comments on its contents.

 

 

The Framework Plan deals with a wide range of topics including traffic & movement within the village, the future use of the Tolka Valley, the possibility of links to the Blanchardstown Town Centre and whether new development should be permitted on sites in the village.

 

 

Perhaps most controversially, the Framework Plan suggests that high development of 5 or 6 stories could be permitted on a number of sites in the village, including the Superquinn site (page 31) , the Bell pub (page 45) and opposite the new Garda Station (page 51).

  

 

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, 17th December. Submissions can be made online – devplan@fingalcoco.ie or by post to the Senior Executive Officer, Planning Department, Fingal County Council, County Hall, Swords, Co. Dublin.

 

While I realise that the run up to Christmas is a busy time, I would encourage all residents of the village to have a look at the current draft proposals, and if you have views on them, make a short submission to Fingal County Council.

Press Release – Council decision on Blanchardstown Main Street development welcome – O’Gorman

 

 

11/10/09

  

Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman, has welcomed the request by Fingal County Council to seek further information before deciding on a planning application for a development to buildings on Blanchardstown Main Street.

 

“I’m pleased that Fingal County Council has reacted to the concerns expressed by myself and other residents of Blanchardstown village about a proposed development on Main Street. If granted this planning application would result in the demolition of two of the traditional cottages on the Main Street. This would completely undermine any attempt to maintain the heritage aspects of the village”, stated Roderic O’Gorman

 

“The Council has sought additional information from the developer and have asked for new plans to be submitted in which the external façade of the cottages would be maintained. This should address the main concerns of objectors. It would also comply with one of the aspects of the Blanchardstown Village Development Strategy, which was to address the preservation and enhancement of the heritage features of the village”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.

 

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O’Gorman calls for 3 storey height limit as part of Blanchardstown Village Development Strategy

St Bridgets Church, Blanchardstown

29/03/09

Green Party Castleknock ward candidate, Roderic O’Gorman, has called for a 3 storey height limit on any future development in Blanchardstown. The proposal was made as part of his submission to Fingal County Council on the Blanchardstown Village Development Strategy.

“I have urged Fingal County Council to implement a 3 storey height limit on any future developments in the Blanchardstown Village area. We have seen over the last two years attempts by developers to get permission for high rise developments in the centre of Castleknock and Clonsilla villages. While it is unlikely that any major developments will take place in the next year or two, there are locations such as the Superquinn site that builders may in the future wish to develop intensively. It is vital therefore that we insert a height limit of 3 storey’s in the development strategy so developers never get permission to put high rise in the centre of Blanchardstown village”, Roderic O’Gorman.

The submission from the Dublin West Green Party included a number of other points also. Continue reading ‘O’Gorman calls for 3 storey height limit as part of Blanchardstown Village Development Strategy’