The Glenamuck District Roads Scheme has taken a step closer to being a reality.

The Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has recently submitted an application along with an Environmental Impact Assessment Report to An Bord Pleanala (ABP) for approval of the scheme.

“The Glenamuck District Roads Scheme has been included in successive Local Area Plans and County Development Plans since 2007,” a spokesperson for the county council says.

The scheme proposes the construction of the Glenamuck District Distributor Road, connecting the existing R117 Enniskerry Road with the Glenamuck Road East.

It is estimated the road will be 890 metres of four-lane dual carriageway and 660 metres of two-lane single carriageway.

The construction of the Glenamuck Link Distributor Road is also proposed.

The road will connect the new District Distributor Road to the R117 south of Kilternan, including junctions with Glenamuck Road, Ballycorus Road and Barnaslingan Lane.

The road will be 1800m of two-lane single carriageway.

The application to ABP also includes the proposal to Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) some green space surrounding the proposed road.

“Small severed land parcels with very limited land use potential will typically be included in the CPO extents subject to agreement with the affected landowners,” the report reads.

Concerns have been raised by local residents and councillors, however, fearing that these green spaces will be lost in order to prioritise road development.

“We all know this road is needed but green spaces and public spaces are equally important,” says local councillor Lettie McCarthy.

“This is an ideal opportunity for the parks department to get involved and work with the other council departments ensuring we have the best possible outcome for new and existing residents.”

Vital

Local Sinn Fein councillor Chris Curran told Dublin Gazette: “The Glenamuck District Road Scheme is a vital part of the council’s plans as more and more housing estates are developed.”

The decision to CPO green areas along the routes is concerning and I believe that local election hopefuls must make a commitment to residents to ensure that as much zoned green open space is protected where possible.”

Any objections to the compulsory acquisition of lands or any other aspect of the development should be made in writing to the Board before 5:30pm on 16 May.