Public urged to examine ambitious new town plan for Fingal

by Sylvia Pownall

An ambitious plan which will see a new town populated by 3,500 people created in west Dublin will go on public display within weeks.

The Kellystown Draft Local Area Plan will set out a blueprint for the development of lands running parallel to Clonsilla village connected by the Royal Canal.

Councillors heard earlier this month that the pre-consultation period is complete and the draft plan is expected to go on display in the final quarter of 2019.

A total of 21 submissions were lodged by interested parties, including residents, community groups, sports clubs and the Department of Education.

Cllr Emer Currie (FG) is urging local residents to familiarise themselves with the draft plan, and says she hopes it is executed to its full potential.

She told Dublin Gazette: “The council has done a good job of summarising the challenges that lie ahead in delivering an integrated plan for Kellystown.

“These include inter-generational housing, building a sustainable community and public transport links. The real work now begins in making it happen.

“I am interested to see the details around the proposed Kellystown Road, a potential new train station at Porterstown, school provision and how the overall plan joins up with Clonsilla village.”

In its submission, the Dublin 15 Community Council outlined its hopes that it will “result in a well-planned residential area that will link Dublin 15 with the high-amenity land bordering the sensitive Liffey valley and the Diswellstown area”.

The community council added: “We hope that it will also link with the Royal Canal with appropriate passive supervision to prevent anti-social activities.”

The group called for the provision of a clear boundary between residential lands and open space, to preserve the Liffey valley and its hinterland, warning against over-development and excessive high-rise.

It also expressed a hope that lands zoned ‘high-amenity’ would be used effectively “to address infrastructure deficit associated with the residential development that has occurred in Dublin 15 over the past 20 years”.

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