Fingal County Council expected to adopt a local plan for Dublin Airport

by Sylvia Pownall

Fingal County Council is expected to adopt a local area plan (LAP) for Dublin Airport and its environs to facilitate future growth before the end of the year.

Public consultation on the draft proposal – which recommends redrawing noise zones, additional transport infrastructure and more car parking – will be held over the summer.

Updating the noise contours and amending the rural housing policy will require a variation of the County Development Plan, and a presentation on both was given to councillors at their monthly meeting on Monday.

Director of planning and strategic infrastructure Matthew McAleese said: “We expect that we will be in a position to publish both the draft LAP and variation for consultation in mid-August.

“It is also planned to hold a number of information meetings … I would encourage residents to get involved in that process and make their views known.”

Mr McAleese said the LAP for the airport had expired in 2016 and a new plan was needed to map future growth, which is expected to be significant.

Noting that Dublin Airport generates 14,000 jobs directly and 33,100 indirectly, he added: “It is imperative that a proper framework is put in place to guide growth.”

The draft LAP includes an upgrade to the airport roundabout, building a western access road for additional car parking and a raft of public transport objectives.

Mr McAleese said there had been “careful analysis” of noise impact on residential communities adding that the LAP was crucial for not just the airport and Fingal, but for “the region and the State”.

Some councillors raised concerns that they had not received the documents prior to the meeting and that consultation would take place over the summer holidays.

Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) said: “My concern is for the existing residents, in particular St Margaret’s … I think we need to err a bit more on their side.”

Solidarity Cllr John Burchael said the Fingal Noise Action Plan, published last December, identified a 450% increase in the number of people exposed to aircraft noise.

He said a “large percentage” of those 5,200 people lived in Tyrellstown and he asked if homes in the area could have sound insulation “retro-fitted”.

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