Manager’s response to Clonburris SDZ concerns ‘deeply disappointing’

by Mark O'Brien
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Residents and local officials say that they are disappointed with the manager’s report on the Clonburris Strategic Development Zone (SDZ).

South Dublin County Council received over 600 submissions in relation to the SDZ, with many people citing issues such as lack of transport infrastructure, housing densities and anti-social behaviour.

But local councillors say that the report has not taken many of these concerns into account and there has been very little change to the draft plan.

Maria Smith of the Clonburris Lucan Action group told Dublin Gazette that groups in Lucan and Clondalkin plan to work with councillors to push for motions to amend the plan.

The scheme must be adopted, amended or rejected by February 2 and motions must be submitted by January 8.

Maria said: “We’re obviously disappointed but what we’re going to do now is we’re going to focus on the councillors and try and get amendments pushed through by working with them and with the Clondalkin side as well so we’ve a unified approach.”

She added that residents were not against the development but felt that it should be done in a way that benefitted everybody.

Local councillors have said that they will work with residents to push through amendments to the plan.

Cllr William Lavelle (FG) said: “Unsurprisingly, transport was the most common cause of concern. But (maybe also unsurprisingly) the council are recommending no changes to the plan on foot of all concerns expressed over traffic and public transport.”

Cllr Ed O’Brien (FF) said: “Whilst over 600 submissions have been made by various groups and members of the public, very few of these submissions have had any effect on the plan and the chief executive has made very little change to the plan.

“This is extremely disappointing as residents of Lucan and Clondalkin are acutely aware of the potential for increased problems around traffic congestion, anti-social behaviour, housing densities and other matters.”

Local TD Eoin O’Broin described the report as “deeply disappointing”.

He said: “Unfortunately the manager’s report published this week is deeply disappointing.

“It has suggested only minimal changes to the draft plan and has ignored the vast majority of suggested changes.

“Thankfully the plan is now in the hands of county councillors who will have the opportunity to table and vote on amendments in January.”

South Dublin County Council said they cannot comment on the content and detail of the report prior to first public meeting in relation to same.

A spokesperson added: “The Draft Scheme has been prepared in accordance with statutory requirements of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) and is consistent with national planning policy and standards.

“All submissions on the scheme have been considered and assessed in accordance with the above legislative and policy requirements and compiled in the report.”


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