Retirement village plan gets the thumbs-down

by Gazette Reporter
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A DUN Laoghaire-Rathdown manager’s report, following a public consultation of the proposed Ticknock site as a retirement village, has recommended that the development should not go ahead.

The retirement village, if approved, would occupy a seven-hectare site on the outer side of the M50 at Ticknock near Sandyford.

The report, drawn up by County Manager Owen Keegan assessed and responded to all of the submissions from local residents, business people and public bodies, and concluded that the site was too isolated and inconvenient for the housing of older people.

Submissions received included concerns relating to noise pollution, risk of flooding, concerns that the promoters of the project are seeking to urbanise an open rural site in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains, a lack of amenities and an increase in traffic hazards.

Keegan agreed fully with all of the concerns raised, and recommended the council members not proceed with the variation to the County Development Plan.

The manager’s public consultation report was then sent to council members for their consideration, for a period of up to six weeks.

A local councillor is now urging DLR residents to contact their councillors, asking them to support the manager’s recommendations to block the proposed development.

On foot of the manager’s report, Councillor Lettie McCarthy (Lab) sent out letters to all of her constituents in the Glencullen/Sandyford Ward, to lobby all other Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown councillors to vote against the variation.

The letter stated: “As you will read in the manager’s report, he is 100% against this variation going ahead. The manager was of the same view when this proposal was first introduced by councillors and, unfortunately, it was voted through by two votes.

“Councillors will, once again, vote on this at the council meeting on Monday, December 10. I am asking you to contact other councillors with a view to encourage them to vote against this, also.”

However, An Cathaoirleach, Councillor Tom Joyce (FG) said: “Up to now, I’ve supported the retirement village at Ticknock, and I still think it’s a good prospect for the area.  I’ll be supporting it.

“There were a lot of submissions in the report, and we’ll tease them all out in the council when it comes up for discussion.”

The developer of the Ticknock site, Rod McGovern, had not responded to the manager’s recommendations at the time of going to print.

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