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.
Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777
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 Along with many residents of the village, I objected to this development and I was delighted to see the application withdrawn a few months ago”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.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.
Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777
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.