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Why is Fingal CC still rezoning land for housing?

Last week I made my submission regarding the Final Stage of the Fingal County Development Plan. One of the key issues I highlighted was the completely inappropriate nature of the vote by Councillors  [p 2268-9] to rezone 32 hectares of land for residential purposes at Tyrrelstown. In my submission I have called on the Council to use the final stage of the Development Plan process to undo this unwise decision

If you read the Strategic Overview  [p 19-23] of the Fingal Development Plan, it makes it clear that Fingal has a significant oversupply of land zoned for residential purposes, compared to that which is required under the Regional Planning Guidelines 2010-2022. Why then, in the middle of the collapse in demand for property, is Fingal zoning even more land for housing?

t looks like the measure is been taken as a sop to the developer in order to get land for schools and a public park. However, surely after all the planning disasters we have witnessed in the last few years, both in Fingal and across the country, we should have realised that this is not the way to do business. Developers cannot hold the Council and local communities to ransom.

From the point of view of good planning and public trust in local government, it is vital that the Council undo this rezoning. Dublin 15 does not need more land for housing. The Council must employ more appropriate techniques to achieve the much needed land for a public park and extra schools sites for Tyrrelstown.

Press Release – O’Gorman welcomes confirmation on opening of Tyrrelstown allotments – renews call for more allotments to be provided in Dublin 15

Roderic at the entrance to the first phase of the new allotments at Tyrrelstown

Roderic at the entrance to the first phase of the new allotments at Tyrrelstown

13/04/09

Green Party Castleknock ward candidate, Roderic O’Gorman has welcomed the news that the new Fingal County Council allotments in Tyrrelstown will open in the next two months, but has also renewed his call for more allotments to be provided in the area.

“I had a question put to the County Manager at the April meeting of the Council regarding when the new allotments at Tyrrelstown will be open. The Manager has stated that the only works left to be completed is an ESB connection and that he anticipates this will be completed within two months”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

“While this is positive news, it is disappointing that the new Tyrrelstown lands will only make a small dent in the overall waiting list for allotments in Dublin 15. Many of those who will get plots in Tyrrelstown are current allotment holders who have to move from the Cappogue site which has to close. As such, Tyrrelstown will only result in about 100 people on the waiting list getting allotments. Considering the last time I asked, there were over 300 people on the list, it looks like a lot of people are going to be left disappointed”.

“The Council originally intended to open a second phase at Tyrrelstown which would have provided more sites, but they now state that they will not do this because of budgetary constraints. While I realise that Fingal, along with local authorities across the country are facing financial pressure, I think that hitting the allotment budget is a false economy. I am regularly being asked by residents across Dublin 15 about the availability of allotments. Many people, including those recently unemployed, are looking at allotments as a means of growing their own food, saving money and having a healthy activity”.

“Recently, some private allotments have started up in Clonsilla. While I welcome any moves to increase the availability of allotments in Dublin 15, I do believe that it is essential that Fingal increases the number of sites that it provides. This is an issue that the Green Party have fought hard for on Fingal County Council and I will continue to press the County Manager on this if I am elected to the Council in June”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.

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Further Information
Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777
www.rodericogorman.com
www.getgrowing.ie

FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING

WEDNESDAY 15TH APRIL 2009

ITEM NO. 12 – Tyrrlestown allotments

Question: Councillor J. Corr
“To ask the Manager when the new allotments at Tyrrelstown will be open, how many of these are reserved for current allotment holders vacating other sites in Dublin 15, what is the current waiting list for allotments in the Dublin 15 area and how many allotments could be provided in the second phase at Tyrrelstown?”

Reply:
The construction works have been completed with the exception of the electricity supply. We have engaged the ESB to carry out these works and we anticipate completion within the next two months.

All those who vacated allotments in Cappogue will be accommodated in the new development and approximately 100 allotments will be allocated to those on the waiting list.

There are no plans to construct a second phase at this location due to current budgetary constraints.

Press Release – New land for allotments is welcome news for Dublin 15 growers – O’Gorman

02/05/08

Dublin 15 representative, Roderic O’Gorman has welcomed plans by Fingal County Council to set aside new land for allotments on the Powerstown Road, near Tyrrelstown.

“I welcome this move by Fingal County Council to provide new allotment space for Dublin 15 residents within the Dublin 15 area. The existing allotments in Cappoge have to be moved due to development in that area. Initially, the Council were proposing that allotment holders would be relocated as far away as The Naul, but thankfully a much more suitable local alternative has been found on Council property off the Powerstown Road, near Tyrrelstown”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

“Fingal County Council has a long waiting list for allotment spaces. Indeed, two years ago the Council took a decision to close the waiting list, but was forced to reopen it and engage in a search for new land as a result of a Green Party motion tabled by Cllr David Healy. On behalf of the Dublin West Green Party, I had suggested that some of the land around Abbotstown could be used as a site for allotments. However, the proposed Tyrrelstown site looks ample, with an initial 250 individual allotments and the possibility of up to 100 more if demand increases”.

“I see allotments as being important in areas like Dublin 15 where the huge growth in apartments means that many homeowners no longer have a garden to themselves. As such, allotments give them the opportunity to exercise their green fingers. However allotments also have a practical benefit in that those who grow their own food will be able to some extent to avoid the dramatic food inflation that has occurred over the last year”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.

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Further Information
Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777
rodericogorman@gmail.com

Council needs to leave Greenbelt at Tyrrelstown alone

Yesterday I lodged the Dublin West Green Party submission on the Powerstown, Kilmartin, Tyrrelstown and Environs Study. I’ve called on Fingal County Council to halt any plans for future building in the Tyrrelstown area.

I was very surprised to see Fingal County Council propose a study of such a large greenfield area with a view to future residential and employment land use. The vast majority of the land included within the area for this study is agricultural land. It forms part of an essential greenbelt which leads all the way to the border with County Meath. I find it deeply disturbing that Fingal County Council is considering looking at this land with a view to development, even if it isn’t right away.

I would also point to the fact that there was no provision in the 2005 County Development Plan to undertake a survey of this area. I can’t understand why the Council’s planning department is making plans for large-scale building in one of the few remaining rural areas in Dublin 15, when it should be focusing on urban areas where planning measures are badly needed. For example, I don’t see why this study is being prioritised over the Blanchardstown Urban Centre Strategy, which is being suggested for this Autumn.

The new estates at Tyrrelstown continue to be hugely underserved in relation to schools, sports & recreational facilities and public transport. I think it is completely inappropriate for the Council to be considering more building on the greenbelt around Tyrrelstown, when it has so far failed to address many of the existing problems in the area. As such, I am proposing that the study should confine itself to addressing the needs of the existing residential areas in Tyrrelstown.

Let’s leave our greenbelt untouched for a bit longer.

Dublin West Green Party Submission on Tyrrelstown & Environs Study