As reported on last week by Dublin Gazette, the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council have released a draft of the Local Area Plan (LAP) 2019-2025 for the Ballyogan and environs.

A LAP consists of a suite of policies and objectives for an area, intended to guide that area’s development for a period of six years. This may be extended to a maximum of 10 years if appropriate.

Included in the LAP for Ballyogan are objectives on transport development, residential premises and retail and employment among others.

Transport

According to the plan, two of the most significant pieces of transport infrastructure relevant to the area are the Luas and the M50.

“The aim of the plan is to reduce car usage by making alternative modes of access more attractive,” the plan reads.

Included in the draft are propositions to include “a new high quality pedestrian and cycle network” and “strategic cycle routes connecting Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown and Dublin City.”

The LAP also proposes the permanent opening of the Racecourse Luas Stop to the public.

In regard to road infrastructure, the plan suggests that a road between Ballyogan Road and Kilgobbin Heights be constructed to provide a “direct desire line to the Luas, schools, Samuel Beckett Campus and neighbourhood centre facilities.”

Pedestrian crossings are also suggested at Junction 15, Racecourse South Lands, Leopardstown Bridge, The Park Carrickmines and Clay Farm.

Residential

The LAP proposes that planning for a 100% increase in the current population would be a reasonable objective. However, the plan does not specify a timeline for the population growth.

The neighbourhood of Glencairn North is suitable for a high density of residential build and due to the site’s size “and topography gives capacity for height, subject to consideration of protected structures.”

The Old Glenamuck Road is also suitable for higher buildings due to the M50 corridor, according to the plan. The LAP also supports the delivery of further social housing in the area.

“To pursue further opportunities for social housing throughout the BELAP (Ballyogan and Environs Local Area Plan) area in an integrated manner.

“Council own build, delivery by approved housing bodies, or otherwise, in line with the council’s Housing Strategy, and to support any Affordable Housing schemes that might be introduced by the Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government,” it reads.

Retail and Employment

“The scale and variety of retailing within the BELAP area has changed significantly in recent years. Up until the 1990s, Stepaside Village offered the only shops in the area. The subsequent development of Leopardstown Valley and The Park Carrickmines has significantly broadened the retail offer,” the plan says.

The LAP suggests that to support small scale office and employment development suitable for small-to-medium sized enterprises within the Leopardstown Valley and Stepaside Neighbourhood Centres.

This is in addition to “encourage and facilitate proposals for high intensity employment at The Park.