South Dublin County Council

Lucan and Clondalkin residents have urged South Dublin County Council to heed their concerns over the proposed Clonburris Strategic Development Zone (SDZ).
Almost 600 submissions in relation to the proposed development were made before the 3 November deadline.
Submissions show residents are concerned about issues such as transport, road infrastructure and the height of buildings.
Maria Smith of the Lucan Clonburris Action Group told Dublin Gazette that residents were not opposed to developing the land but they had a number of concerns about the current plan.
“We’re not opposed to the land being developed but it’s the way it has been planned and actually the lack of provision in it that’s the main concern,” she said.
Maria said that a lack of public transport was a huge area of concern.
“They’re saying there may be extra buses and they’re going to open Kishogue [railway station].
“That seems to be the only provisions, whereas in the original SDZ for that land, there was provision for the Metro and the Luas to Lucan, but all that has been shelved.”
Transport Minister Shane Ross has previously confirmed, in response to a parliamentary question from local TD Gino Kenny, that there were no current plans to bring the Luas to Lucan or extend the DART to Hazelhatch.
“They’re telling people in this new development they want them to be carless homes so they’re not even providing sufficient parking spaces for them,” said Maria.
“Without proper transport options, how is that a viable and realistic plan?”
The lack of road infrastructure is also another concern.
Maria and her group have been engaging with groups from Clondalkin who have also expressed similar concerns that the lack of additional roads would worsen the traffic problems in the area.
“The existing roads are beyond capacity and there’s no provision for additional roads to cater for these new homes.”
The height of the new buildings was also cited as a concern.
“This is a suburban area,” said Maria.
“It’s primarily two-storey housing, but when you look at the plans, it says two to five storeys.
“Now I don’t know any developer that, if they have permission for five storeys, are going to go for two.
“We want it written into the plan that similar sized buildings are adjacent to existing
buildings and the same on the Clondalkin side as well.”
South Dublin County Council previously confirmed to Dublin Gazette that all
submissions were currently being assessed, and will be addressed and considered by the
council in the chief executive’s report.
The chief executive’s report is being
prepared this month and will then be presented to councillors.
Further consultation may be carried out if material alterations are made to the Draft Planning Scheme following presentation of the chief executive’s report.