02 August 2012

Fourth Successful Win for Residents against Inappropriate Take Away Proposals for Lucan – Fitzgerald

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 a change of use of a premises in Lucan Shopping Centre to a take away. 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 is another victory in a string of battles residents and politicians have had to fight to ensure additional take aways at inappropriate locations in Lucan don’t proceed. A facility like this would have led to an increase in late night noise and traffic in this residential area as well as a potential increase in anti social behaviour and night loitering at this location,” said Fitzgerald.

“I am pleased that this application was turned down as I believe it would have had a negative impact for the area of Hillcrest, Woodview Heights and Dodsboro. There are already ample food and fast food outlets in this vicinity and the concern local residents and I shared in relation to the possible negative effects of another such facility were very valid. This is the fourth consecutive refusal of planning for proposed take aways at inappropriate locations and I'm delighted that residents concerns are being listened to by planners,” continued Fitzgerald.

“I would like to thank all the residents in Woodview Heights, Dodsboro and Hillcrest 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. 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 submitted my own detailed objection outlining numerous grounds why this proposed development should be refused. This planning decision represents another 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 decision reflects the concerns of residents in this area. Well done those who led the campaign on this issue, particularly the residents of Woodview Heights, it is a victory for the community.”