29 March 2012

Fitzgerald & Delaney Lodge Joint Submission on Boot Road to Bord Pleanala Critiquing Developers Claims

Local Fine Gael Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Councillor Tony Delaney have lodged a further detailed submission to An Bord Pleanla in relation to the decision on Boot Road. Their submission clearly critiques claims by the developers including their assertion that the site is adequately serviced by public transport.

Fitzgerald and Delaney previously described as ‘extremely disappointing’ the decision by the Bord not to allow an Oral Hearing into the Council’s decision to grant planning permission for the development of a five storey Primary Care Centre and an adjoining 80 bed nursing home on Boot Road, Clondalkin.

“We believe that the developers latest response exaggerates the suitability of the site for a centre like this. Their response claims that between the bus routes and Metro service the site on Boot Road is adequately served by public transport. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Plans for the Metro suspended, cutbacks on Dublin Bus routes have curtailed the services and no public transport links exist between this site and north Clondalkin or big residential areas such as Woodford. This site is far from ideal as a location for a service like this and our latest submission lodged this morning aims to show just that,” said Minister Frances Fitzgerald.

“We were very disappointed by the refusal of an Oral Hearing into this application but we are confident that our latest submission to the Bord is comprehensive and contains concerns which have to be taken into account by the deciding officer on this case. The refusal of the hearing was a real blow for residents, who oppose this development on the basis that it is over-scaled, but residents in the area are continuing their campaign and Cllr. Delaney and I have today submitted a strong proposal we are hoping will influence the decision on this case,” continued Fitzgerald.

Cllr. Delaney, who at the time, described the decision as ‘demoralising’ stated that the array of objections and concerns from local residents needed to be taken into account by the Bord.

“Aside from the Church, the highest building in Clondalkin village is 5 meters. At its highest point this development would be in excess of 20 meters implying that it would be totally out of keeping with the character of the village. Given that there were almost 100 objections and submissions on this planning application, there is a feeling on the ground throughout Clondalkin that residents concerns and voices have not so far been heard. All we can do is trust that the Bord will listen to those concerns and take them on board when making their final decision,” said Cllr. Delaney.

“Cllr. Delaney and I have worked closely with local residents who have valid concerns relating to this proposal and we will continue to highlight these concerns. We have now lodged a further submission for review by the Bord and will continue to highlight residents concerns concerns. The granting of permission for this development is contrary to the policies set out in the Council’s County Development Plan and also in the Draft Clondalkin Urban Framework, which recommends the development of areas adjacent to the Mill in order to expand Clondalkin’s town centre and make it more commercially viable. A Primary Care Centre would be a welcome addition to Clondalkin, but it is only a welcome addition if it is built in accordance with proper planning and consideration for residents and the surrounding environment,” explained Fitzgerald.