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  • Southside

New Southside town gets vote of approval

Tuesday, 6th February, 2018 9:00am
New Southside town gets vote of approval

There will be a mix of new homes in Clonburris.

New Southside town gets vote of approval

There will be a mix of new homes in Clonburris.

PLANS for a new town for more than 21,000 people at Clonburris have been approved by South Dublin county councillors after an intense four days of meetings that only ended in the early hours of last Friday morning.

The public will now have its say on the Clonburris SDZ after councillors approved the plan that would facilitate the construction of more than 8,000 homes using “fast-track” planning.

Cllr Mark Ward, who proposed a successful Sinn Fein motion that could see up to 2,700 social and affordable homes delivered in the Clondalkin and Lucan area as part of the plan, said the Clonburris SDZ offered an opportunity to shape how housing was delivered in the county.

“After four days and over 34 hours of intense meetings, the amended plan has been passed by South Dublin County councillors,” he said.

“This plan, when delivered, will not only help those on our housing list but also those who are over the threshold for social housing but cannot afford to buy their own home.”

However, Cllr Ward warned that there are huge challenges going forward.

“There were parts of the plan that I was not happy about,” he added.

“There was a move by some councillors to move standard low-density housing away from the edges of the SDZ into a more developed area around the two train stations.

“While I agree with more density near the transport routes, this move could see the introduction of high rise developments the likes of which Clondalkin and Lucan have not seen before

“There was also a reduction of over 700 houses from the original plan. These houses were at the periphery of the SDZ and could have been your standard front and back garden houses in front of a new park. Instead these houses were wiped out of the plan.”

The council received more than 600 submissions on the SDZ, with many highlight local concerns about the numbers of houses and apartments to be built as well as transport proposals

Speaking previously, local Independent councillor Liona O’Toole said residents were right to be concerned about reference in the SDZ, which suggested certain infrastructure would be “facilitated or “encouraged” rather than “required”.

The mayor of South Dublin, Paul Gogarty, described the Clonburris plan as
“too loose and too vague” and expressed certainty that it would eb appealed to An Bord Pleanála.
Fianna Fáil councillor Trevor Gilligan said the development would put huge pressure on local roads that would then have “a knock-on effect on pretty much all roads in Clondalkin”.

The plan will now go back out to the public for further consultation when interest parties will be able to make submissions before it is brought back the councillors to make the final decision.

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