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.
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 Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman has called on Fingal County Council to refuse a new planning application for a site in the centre of Castleknock village.
“I’m calling on Fingal County Council to reject a new planning application for a site in the centre of Castleknock village behind the ‘Flower Shop’. The proposal includes a new 5 storey commercial premises, which I believe would be completely outs of place in the village”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.
“The primary ground for my objection is that the development as proposed does not comply with the Fingal County Development Plan. One of the current objectives set out for Castleknock Village in the Development Plan is “To improve the physical and environmental character of Castleknock through sensitive infill development that enhances village facilities and amenities”. I argue that the proposed plans, particularly the 5 storey nature of the main building, cannot in any way be described as a ‘sensitive infill development’. As such, I believe that the proposal does not with the specific objectives for Castleknock Village in the current Development Plan and should be rejected on this basis”.
“Further, the proposed development provides for 346 car parking spaces in a double basement car park. Provision for such a large number of cars is obviously going to have a significant impact on traffic in the centre of Castleknock village, which already suffers from severe congestion. As the proposed development will make the traffic situation in the village worse, I believe this is another reason to reject this plan”.
“During the local election campaign, the issue of what would happen to this site was one that came up regularly on the doors in Castleknock. While most people accept that eventually some development will occur on the site, locals want to know that any building will be in keeping with the village characteristics of Castleknock. I believe that this development is completely unsuited to Castleknock, and I am calling for the Council to reject it and allow the future use of this site to be considered as part of the new development plan process”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.
Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman has called on residents of Castleknock Village to make their voices heard in the planning process regarding the newly submitted planning application to develop a site in the centre of the village.
“Last year the proposal by Uxbridge Properties to undertake a major development in the centre of Castleknock Village behind the Flower Shop generated huge concern. Along with hundreds of local residents, I submitted an objection to the proposal and I was delighted when the planning application was withdrawn in January of this year”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.
“During the Local Election campaign, concerns about the future of the site were raised with me by many local residents. I committed that if elected, I would use the County Development Plan to alter the zoning of the site to ensure that only suitable development would occur on the site”.
“Now however, a new planning application has been submitted which is similar in many ways to the original proposal. The new development would comprise of 3 new blocks between 2 and 5 stories high. These would include 47 one and two bed apartments, 15 commercial premises, a large anchor retail outlet and a medical centre. The proposal also includes an underground car park with 346 spaces”.
“It is really important that residents make submissions on this new proposal. I believe that this application will raise many of the same concerns that residents had with the previous one such as increased traffic congestion, and nearby houses being overlooked. The deadline for submissions is the 29th July”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.
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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.