By Rachel Cunningham
A conservation appraisal carried out by the conservation department of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has deemed that key buildings on Dundrum’s main street will be designated as an Architectural Conservation Area (ACA), coming into effect with the passing of the DLR County Development Plan 2022-2028 next February.
The appraisal assessed that the Dundrum ACA area is considered to be of special architectural interest through the high quality of the buildings and the high degree of survival of the original character and layout of the individual buildings.
It denotes the buildings as ‘a place, area, group of structures or townscape…, that is of special architectural, historical, archaeological, artistic, cultural, social or technical interest or value, or contributes to the appreciation of protected structures.’
This ACA designation was one of the first actions by Imagine Dundrum, a group of local volunteers with the primary aim of restoring and rejuvenating the Dundrum area, when the group came together in January 2016 to make a submission to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.
Imagine Dundrum expressed delight at the decision, stating: “Main Street has distinct character based on its historical built form and layout. This character is an important expression of our heritage and identity and contributes hugely to the quality of our village life. Imagine Dundrum wanted to see this heritage protected by being designated as an Architectural Conservation Area.”
The group also explained that this designation will provide the basis for policies to preserve or enhance the area and retain its special character, in addition to providing guidance for the external appearance of buildings, so that future development will be carried out in a manner sympathetic to the special character of the local area.
The buildings covered by the ACA include Glenville Terrace, 13 Main Street, Pembroke Terrace, Claremont Terrace, Daisyville, which is the former Joe Daly Cycles shop, which is the oldest building in the Village, and Maher’s Terrace. It also extends to several buildings at Dundrum Cross, the Sandyford Road, Kilmacud Road, Ballinteer Road crossroads.