Controversy has erupted over the proposal to auction 274 acres of land at St Edmundsbury, in Lucan.
The proposed sale of St Edmundsbury has attracted a wide degree of rejection from local citizens and councillors in the South Dublin area.
The 274 acres at St Edmundsbury, Lucan, is located 13km from the city and has considerable frontage onto the Old Lucan Road and the River Liffey.
The sale is expected to attract a large amount of interest when the land is auctioned off on September 26 by Jordan Auctioneers and Chartered Valuation Surveyors.
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald, has recently reaffirmed her commitment to the protection of the Liffey Valley area following the announcement of the sale of lands at St Edmundsbury.
“I share the commitment of local residents to protecting the lands around the Liffey Valley and immediately sought clarification on the implications of this land sale,” said Deputy Fitzgerald.
“Following campaigns by the Liffey Valley Park Alliance, Cllr William Lavelle and me, we were successful in getting restrictive land zoning of the Liffey Valley included in the 2010 County Development Plan.
“I have also contacted my colleague with responsibility for the lands, Minister Brian Hayes, in relation to the land surrounding the development of a new school building for St Andrew’s NS. He has assured me that the site has been ringfenced and the school building will not be affected.”
Labour TD Joanna Tuffy also reaffirmed the reluctance of local residents and councillors to allow St Edmundsbury to be auctioned and made clear that their collective determination against this proposal will ensure the land’s protection.
“There have been about nine attempts to rezone St Edmundsbury in the past and each time it has been stopped. We want to make it clear to all concerned that we are very much going to work with the local community to make sure it still stays where there is no residential development allowed,” said Tuffy.
“The Labour Party will be working together with the community and other parties to make sure that it’s protected. We are also trying to encourage the Government to consider acquiring the land into public ownership.”
Cllr William Lavelle (FG) has stated his long commitment in protecting St Edmundsbury and remains determined to ensure that the land is not rezoned.
“As a local resident, I am very aware of our community’s long-held commitment to protect the Liffey Valley from development and as your local councillor I am determined to ensure these lands remained protected,” said Cllr Lavelle.
“While the lands are being advertised as a ‘strategic land bank’, the reality is that any proposal for development will be opposed by the community and will be ultimately refused.”
Jordan expects to achieve an overall price of around €15,000 per acre if St Edmundsbury is auctioned.