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Significant new planning application for Castleknock village on ‘Flower Shop’ site


A planning application for a significant development on the ‘Flower Shop’ site in Castleknock village has been submitted. The proposed development will consist of a Lidl supermarket, a restaurant, a medical centre and other shops. The proposed development is on the same ‘site as the controversial five storey Uxbridge development, which was given planning permission in 2010.

The deadline for objections or observations is 9th July. The file number is FW14A/0065. You can access all the relevant files through the Fingal CC planning website here.

It is vital that the traffic and parking implications of the development are closely examined.

I welcome the fact that the scale is significantly smaller than the five storey Uxbridge development, which received planning permission in 2010. This development will be at most three storey’s, which is much more in keeping with the rest of the scale of Castleknock village. As there are no residential or office units included in the new planning permission, the overall size of the development would be significantly less.

At the same time, there will be a significant increase in traffic if we have a supermarket located in the centre of Castleknock village. The plans indicate that a new street will be created opposite Myo’s pub which will turn the current junction into a cross roads.

The number of parking spaces for the proposed development is 98, which is significantly less than the original application had. I would be concerned that this may result in surrounding estates being used as overflow car parks, which would have a detrimental effect on local residents. In particular, I would be concerned that the proposal to allow pedestrian access from Castleknock Park to the new development could see that cul de sac becoming jammed with cars (see Appendix A). I do not see the case for pedestrian access at this point.

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

Alternatively, you need to 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/0065.

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

Public Meeting on Metro West


The RPA are holding a public meeting on the proposed Metro West.

Date: Tuesday, 15th June

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Location: Castleknock Hotel & Country Club

Lessons must be learnt from Castleknock Planning Decision – O’Gorman






Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman has demanded that villages in Dublin 15 get protection from inappropriate development and that this be written into the new Fingal County Development Plan. He was speaking after the decision of An Bord Pleanala to grant planning permission for a large development in Castleknock village.


“Like everyone else in the area, I am hugely disappointed to see the decision of An Bord Pleanala to grant planning permission for a large development in Castleknock village. Along with local residents, I objected to the development and made a submission to the appeal to the Board. In light of the decision, I’m calling on our local councillors to ensure that villages such as Blanchardstown and Clonsilla are given specific protection from high rise buildings and that this is written into the new Fingal County Development Plan.”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.


“What has happened in Castleknock should be a lesson to us all. Where there is undeveloped land close to the centre of a village, there needs to be specific local area objectives put into the new County Development, stating that buildings cannot be constructed over a certain height. Planning bodies like An Bord Pleanala will be bound by these and this will stop them granting permission for inappropriate developments”.


“I think our councillors let us down in the last Development Plan by not having the foresight to realise that open space, like the one in Castleknock, was clearly a magnet for big property developers, looking to squeeze as many buildings onto it as they could”.


“In Blanchardstown village, we already know there are proposals to allow high rise buildings of five or even six stories on sites like Superquinn and on the Bell pub. These were contained in a recent Draft Urban Strategy for the village. It is essential that our local councillors act to have local objectives inserted into the new Development Plan, stating that high rise will not be permitted here”.


“I’ll be keeping up pressure on our local representatives, to make sure that the same mistake that was made in Castleknock isn’t made again”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.






Decision on Castleknock development deeply disappointing – O’Gorman




Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman, has called the decision by Fingal County Council to grant planning permission to a large development in the centre of Castleknock village deeply disappointing.


“I’m deeply disappointed that Fingal County Council has granted planning permission for the development on the Flower Shop site in Castleknock village. The scale of this development is grossly unsuitable and clashes with the village character of Castleknock. While the conditions placed on the development by Fingal County Council may result in some reduction in the size of the proposed buildings, nevertheless I do not believe that it is appropriate for the Council to grand this planning permission”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.


“During the Local Elections in June, most residents in the area made their feelings against the development very clear. I objected to the proposal as I believe that Fingal County Council should have refused planning permission at this stage and looked at the site in the context of the redrafting of the Fingal County Development Plan that is currently being undertaken”.


“Our sitting councillors need to be much more careful in the zonings that they place on parcels of land in village settings in the Dublin 15. Local Area Objectives can be used to ensure that heights of proposed developments are kept at a reasonable level. I hope that mistakes that have been made in Castleknock village will not be repeated in the next Development Plan”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.





Further Information

Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777



O’Gorman calls for changes to Castleknock village zoning as part of the new Fingal County Development Plan




Green Party Castleknock ward candidate, Roderic O’Gorman has called for amendments to be made to the zoning of the ‘Flower shop’ site in the centre of Castleknock village as part of the new Fingal County Development Plan.


“Many residents of Castleknock were deeply concerned by the proposal over the last year to build a high density commercial and residential development in the centre of Castleknock village, on the ‘Flower shop’ site. Along with many residents of the village, I objected to this development and I was delighted to see the application withdrawn a few months ago”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.


“The next step is to work to ensure that such an inappropriate development cannot progress on this site in the future. If I am elected to Fingal County Council on Friday I will seek to use the new Fingal County Development Plan to achieve this. Specifically, I will seek to have a new map based local objective applied to the Flower Shop site which would require a revised Urban Centre Strategy to be prepared for the village centre based on genuine consultation with local residents”.


“This new local objective would require that the revised Urban Centre Strategy include appropriate types of uses for the site, and also a maximum building height which would respect the village character of Castleknock. There would also be a requirement for a detailed traffic management plan for the village centre”.


“The revision of the Fingal County Development Plan is one of the most significant tasks that the newly elected Council will undertake. It offers the opportunity to shape planning across Fingal and Dublin 15 in particular, up until 2017. If I am elected on Friday, I shall use the development plan to address past planning mistakes and ensure new mistakes are not made at sites like the centre of Castleknock village”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.





Further Information

Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777


O’Gorman launches environmentally friendly election posters

Roderic O'Gorman and John Gormley at launch of e-board posters

Roderic O'Gorman and John Gormley at launch of e-board posters


Yesterday, myself, Deirdre De Burca and a number of local election candidates launched out election posters.


For this year’s local elections, I am using a new product called e-board for my campaign posters. The e-board posters are made from a wood based product from timber grown in Ireland. The boards are manufactured in Ireland, so the whole process is helping keep jobs and money in our economy.


As my posters are made from a wood based product, they are much better for the environment than the traditional posters that are made from plastic. This also means that they are far more easy to recycle after the election. My posters can be broken down for wood chips, used for attic lining or floor underlay, spun into loft insulation or simply reused in the next election.


Like many people, I look forward to the day when we won’t have thousands of posters cluttering up our streets at election time. However, until then, I want to ensure that my election posters are as environmentally friendly as possible, and that in buying them, I am supporting Irish jobs. 




Further Information on E-board


The advantages of e-board:

- Grown and manufactured in Ireland (Clonmel) from FSC Certified sustainable state owned forests.

- Carbon negative at point of manufacture and even point of delivery (can be used to carbon offset).

- Independently verified life cycle assessment (LCA) document available together with FSC certificates.

- Non petroleum based product.

- Biodegradable.



Reprint using white ink to cover previous design. [Damage may make this infeasible]

Supply of panels to timber merchants for various uses.

Supply of panels for use in packing case manufacturing.

Panels used as internal roof lining.

Panels used as flooring underlay.

Panels spun into loft insulation material.

Panels used as pallet tops or bases.



Conversion to wood pellets for domestic wood burning stoves.

Conversion to liquid Biofuel.

Mulching or chipping for animal bedding or garden use.

Castleknock Village Development: Proposal Withdrawn!

I have received a letter from Fingal CC informing me that Uxbridge Properties have withdrawn their application to undertake a major building project in the centre of Castleknock Village in the lands behind the ‘Flower Shop’.

Along with myself, many residents objected to the plans on various grounds including the scale of the proposed development and the impact that the major increase in traffic would have on the village.

I hope that any future proposal to develop these lands will be designed in such a way as to compliment the current character of Castleknock as a village area.

Castleknock Village Development: Additional Information received

Uxbridge Properties have submitted ‘additional information’ to Fingal CC about their proposed development on the lands behind ‘The Flower Shop’ in the centre of Castleknock Village – Application F08A/0892.

The additional information deals with the 11 areas where Fingal CC were seeking clarification from the developer. Among the points the developer has:

– Set back the upper floors of a number of the blocks
– Submitted a report on the impact of overshadowing on surrounding properties
– Submitted a report on drainage and storm water management on the site
– Improved the number of trees that will be planted around the site

However, the developer has made it clear that he will not reduce the large number of car-parking spaces (345) currently provided for under the planning application.

The deadline for making submissions on this additional information is close of business on Monday 26th January