by Mark O'Brien
Grange Castle Business Park, near the re-zoned land. Picture: Diana Elena

There has been mixed reaction to the decision of South Dublin County Council to re-zone land near Grange Castle.

At a special meeting of the council on Monday, May 21, elected members agreed to re-zone approximately 500 acres of council owned land from agricultural use to industrial use.

The move was welcomed by Cllr Francis Timmons (Ind), who said it would bring much needed employment to the area.

He said: “The rezoning of Lands at Grange Castle West has the potential to bring thousands of jobs to our area. We need employment for the thousands of new houses that are being built in Adamstown and Clonburris and for all the people that have to travel outside of SDCC to work.”

Cllr Timmons added that there are also additional houses being built in Newcastle and Rathcoole.

“It would be reckless and bad planning to build so many houses and not to provide for industry, so I am glad that the majority have voted for the re zoning the 193 hectares of land from zoning objective RU (Rural and Agriculture) to objective EE (Enterprise and Employment),” he said.

People Before Profit-Solidarity councillors had proposed to re-zone some of the lands near Peamount Hospital for housing.

Clondalkin Cllr Madeleine Johansson said she was disappointed with the outcome.

“It is very disappointing that the proposal by management to re-zone all the lands for industrial use was passed by a majority of councillors,” she said.

“There was no facility for us to put forward a counter-proposal for consideration of councillors and there was no engagement from management to discuss plans for large scale housing construction in the area.

“The housing crisis is continuing to worsen while there is no serious plan by the Government to solve this crisis. Unfortunately, South Dublin County Council management are not prioritising the construction of social housing.”

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