Have your say on new suburb before it’s too late

by Sylvia Pownall
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PLANS for a new suburb which will transform the landscape of Clondalkin and Lucan will be unveiled by South Dublin County Council tomorrow and the public is being urged to have their say.
The draft blueprint for a 280-hectare Strategic Development Zone at Clonburris will go on display with a six-week
public consultation window open until November 3.
The site is earmarked for upwards of 8,000 houses to accommodate 24,000 people and members of the public are being urged to have their say.
People Before Profit Cllr Madeleine Johansson told The Gazette: “I would encourage everyone living in the surrounding and wider area to make submissions.
“Particularly people with housing issues or those who have been on the council waiting list for a long time.
“This land could be used to seriously improve the housing situation, but that requires council land being used for social and affordable housing.”
In his report council chief executive Daniel McLoughlin revealed that a total of 140 submissions were received during a pre-draft consultation period last year.
Collectively they raised 136 concerns and observations around transport issues, 101 related to community facilities, 50 each to design and housing type, 33 to schools and 32 to density issues.
Just weeks ago the council’s director of planning Eddie Taaffe said planning failures which resulted in the urban sprawl of recent decades would not be repeated in Clonburris.
He said there would be no more piecemeal planning and “tacking on to existing estates without master planning”.
However hints that the bulk of the land in council ownership – more than 80 hectares – would be given over to green space set alarm bells ringing.
Cllr Johansson said she feared this was code for no social housing. She added: “I’m looking forward to seeing the plans, but I have serious concerns about this being a plan to suit the developers rather than the people.”
South Dublin County Council Mayor Paul Gogarty will officially launch the project under the heading ‘Clonburris: A new community. A new way of living’ and announce details of a dedicated SDZ website, www.clonburris.ie.
He said: “The success of the Clonburris SDZ depends on the active participation of communities, businesses, residents and members of the public.
The council has pledged the new suburb will have three primary and three post primary schools, with “approximately 98% of residents able to access a bus stop within 400m or a train station within 800m”.

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