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.