Cllr Ruth Nolan has criticised councillors for appealing the Clonburris plan to An Bord Pleanala
Cllr Ruth Nolan has criticised councillors for appealing the Clonburris plan to An Bord Pleanala

A Lucan councillor has criticised the decision of her fellow councillors to lodge objections to the Clonburris SDZ plans.

Last week, a number of councillors confirmed they had lodged appeals with An Bord Pleanala against the plans, citing concerns about traffic and infrastructure.

But Cllr Ruth Nolan (Ind), who voted in favour of the plan, has criticised the appeals.

She said: “What will happen if their appeal is successful, it will revert back to plans put in place in 2008 for half of the Clonburris lands, which includes extremely high-rise buildings that we did away with.

“And then the other half, the developer can just go to An Bord Pleanala, apply to build three or four hundred houses, whatever the case may be, and put it up without any infrastructure being put in at all.”

One of the concerns raised in the appeals concerned a lack of playing pitches in the proposed schools.

“There are two councillors in that chamber who happen to be school principals and in their professional capacity explained – and I would be inclined to agree – that full sized pitches are not needed,” said Cllr Nolan.

“Four, five, six, seven, eight and nine-year-olds would not be capable of using a full-sized pitch.”

Concerns had also been raised about a lack of a garda station in the plan.

“There was planning permission for a fire station in the Adamstown SDZ which hasn’t gone ahead yet,” said Cllr Nolan.

“But we had the fire chief in and he said he favourably preferred the site in Adamstown. They’re not interested in building one in Clonburris.

“My argument there would be, and was on the day, we have three stations in the area.

“We have Lucan, we have Ronanstown and we have Clondalkin village and what we need is staff in them, not empty garda stations.”

Cllr Nolan said she voted to pass the plan as she felt it was better than the alternative of reverting to the 2008 plan.

“The reality is, whether you want them or not, 74% of that land is privately owned and will be developed with or without an SDZ.”