29 March 2012

Fitzgerald Welcomes Decision on Foxborough Planning Application as Victory for the Community

Local T.D and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, has welcomed the decision by South Dublin County Council to refuse planning permission for the construction of a separate entrance and deli at the Centra premises in Foxborough. Cllrs. William Lavelle and Emer Higgins have also welcomed the decision and congratulated local residents on a successful campaign.

“I feel that this is the right decision for local residents,” said Fitzgerald.

“This planning application would more than likely have evolved into a takeaway. Such a facility would have led to an increase in late night noise and traffic in this residential area and an increase in anti social behaviour and late night loitering at this location,” said Fitzgerald.

“The fact that the applicant didn’t clearly state that this facility would be a ‘take away’ appeared, to me, to be misleading. The application failed to take into consideration those living in apartments above the shop and the zoning of the area. I am pleased that this application was turned down as I believe it would have had a negative impact for the area of Foxborough,” continued Fitzgerald.

“I would like to thank all the residents in Foxborough who ran such a successful campaign on this. I also acknowledge the work of local Councillors on this issue, including my Party colleagues Councillors William Lavelle and Emer Higgins, and objections from a number of my Dail colleagues. This decision was a victory for the community. A granting of permission would not have been in the best interests of either the local environment or residents and I am glad that the Council recognised that,” concluded Fitzgerald.

Cllr. Lavelle stated: "I met with residents soon after this planning application was lodged and assisted residents in drafting objections. I also submitted my own detailed five-page objection outlining numerous grounds why this proposed development should be refused. This planning decision represents a common sense victory for residents.”

Cllr. Emer Higgins added that local residents had worked extremely hard to ensure this take away was not installed in their area. “Planning decisions need to take into account the views of effected residents. We have far too many examples of past planning decisions that did not do this. I am really pleased that this decisions reflects the concerns of residents in Foxborough. Well done those who led the campaign on this issue it is a victory for the community.”