Clerical mistake sees plan removed

by Gazette Reporter

THE Blackrock Local Area Plan (LAP) has been withdrawn due to a clerical error, it was revealed this week.
During a Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council meeting, councillors reacted angrily to news that they could not vote on the plans because some of the emailed submissions made by local people had not been considered by council planners following the public consultation process.
The councillors were due to vote on the findings from the public consultation process at the council meeting on September 9; however, it had to be abandoned because of a clerical error.
In a statement to The Gazette, a spokesperson said that the council was advised at its meeting on Monday last that a number of email submissions had not been considered and included in the manager’s report on the draft LAP for Blackrock.
“Accordingly, it was not possible to proceed with the item at the meeting.
“Legal advice is being sought on the matter. Following its receipt and consideration, the elected members would be advised of any forthcoming arrangements as soon as possible,” said the statement.
Following the withdrawal of the plan, Cllr Niamh Bhreathnach (Lab) said: “The councillors are reeling from the shock of the announcement that the adoption of the Blackrock Area Action Plan is off the council agenda.
“Following an in-house hiccup, not all email submissions were addressed and so the manager’s report is not considered a full response.”
Last week, The Gazette reported that Blackrock residents objected to the inclusion in the LAP of high-rise apartment blocks from Temple Road to Newtown Park Avenue.
Cllr Cormac Devlin (FF) said: “I am very disappointed that the Blackrock LAP couldn’t be progressed.
“My hope is that the large number of submissions that have already been received will still count towards the new plan.”

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