2 weeks ago
Community council calls on planners to listen to residents
Planning officials have been called on to change course and take heed of community concerns.
Donabate Portrane Community Council made the call after what it said was an embarrassing admission that planners in the area have got it wrong again.
The failure of Fingal County Council and An Bord Pleanála to act on the community council’s concerns now means expensive mitigation measures have to be taken to avoid pedestrian and traffic safety issues.
Donabate Portrane Community Council was among 28 objectors to the Glaslinn housing scheme, pointing out the potential for traffic and pedestrian issues at the site.
Some 31 housing units were granted permission for the Glaslinn site, first by Fingal County Council, and on appeal by An Bord Pleanála.
Back in 2016, when the Glaslinn planning application was being considered, Donabate Portrane Community Council warned that the vehicular entrance to the site on the Portrane Road does not give safe sight lines for vehicles entering and leaving the estate.
The community council, in an objection to the planning permission, also called for a traffic management plan to be carried out.
Similar points were made by the Links Residents’ Association, along with a number of members of the public.
Four years later Fingal Council has now admitted that it has to consider a pedestrian crossing, a ramp at the estate entrance and/or traffic lights to deal with the difficulties for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists exiting and entering the Glaslinn estate.
Glaslinn residents have reported a number of near misses for pedestrians crossing the road from Glaslinn.
They also report narrowly-avoided accidents for motorists inching their way on to the Portrane Road from the estate.
The potential for these traffic and pedestrian issues were well flagged by the community to Fingal County Council and to An Bord Pleanála.
A spokesperson for Donabate Portrane Community Council said a review of the planning documents shows the community’s concern about road and pedestrian safety issues were given scant regard by Fingal County Council.
The development was granted permission by the county council, and this was appealed.
Donabate Portrane Community Council again raised the safety issues with An Bord Pleanála.
But the scheme was given permission.
An Bord Pleanála noted that the “…the proposed development would not seriously injure the character of the area or the amenities of property in the vicinity and would be acceptable in terms of traffic safety and convenience.”
The planning board added: “The proposed development would, therefore, be in accordance with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.”
Donabate Portrane Community Council said it was extraordinary that its concerns were not listened to, and it was embarrassing for planners who have got it wrong again.
“A more humble approach by planners would save money and lives.
“The issues that now require expensive and unproven mitigation measures could have been avoided if Donabate Portrane Community Council and members of the community were listened to,” the spokesperson added.
Planners were called on to change their approach and start listening to communities. ...
4 weeks ago
PLANS by developers to build 1,000 apartments in the village of Donabate have been described by the area’s community council as a declaration of war on the residents.
An application has been made directly to An Bord Pleanála by developers Cannon Kirk to build 1,368 housing units at the Corbillis East site in Donabate.
This site goes from the rear of Smyth’s pub down to the ecologically sensitive Broadmeadow Estuary.
The Strategic Housing Development application to the planning board describes the application as one that consists of 353 houses and 1,015 apartments, three childcare facilities and associated site works.
A Strategic Housing Development application is a means of fast-tracking planning permission without the need to apply to the local authority.
Aledo Limited, which is part of house builder group Cannon Kirk, has submitted the application.
The lands concerned, which run down to the estuary, were controversially zoned for housing a decade and a half ago.
According to recent media coverage, the application consists of 600 conventional-style apartments, and 352 duplex units.
These duplexes are understood to be three-storey units with two dwellings in each.
However, An Bord Pleanála on its website combines the apartments and duplexes and describes the application as consisting of “1,015 no. apartments”.
Donabate Portrane Community Council said: “The plans for so many apartments and duplexes are totally inappropriate given the village setting.
“The application amounts to a declaration of war against the community.”
Even 600 apartments, leaving aside the duplexes, is far too many for a village that continues to suffer from chronic infrastructural deficits.
There is no garda station, a congested rail service (before the pandemic struck), inadequate retail options, few community facilities and a bypass that was built at half the capacity of the planning permission granted for it, the community council said.
The application, if it succeeds, could mean an additional 3,000 people living in an area straining to cope with its existing population levels, the spokesperson said.
At the start of the year Donabate Portrane Community Council had welcomed An Bord Pleanála’s decision to refuse permission for works associated with the development of the same Corballis East site.
Aledo had been granted permission by Fingal County Council to construct roads and other services to enable the future construction of more than 1,000 houses on the site.
Donabate Portrane Community Council had questioned the granting of permission for the works, claiming the county council acted contrary to its powers and appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanála.
Donabate Portrane Community Council argued that this proposed development would cause serious damage to the Broadmeadow Special Areas of Conservation and the protected bird species that reside there.
In overturning the planning permission granted by Fingal County Council and granting the appeal of Donabate Portrane Community Council, An Bord Pleanála held that it could not be satisfied that the construction of this proposed development would not adversely impact on the integrity of the protected Special Areas of Conservation.
An Bord Pleanála noted that there are significant numbers of wintering birds using the lands impacted. ...
Developers in Donabate are being permitted to buy their way out of providing the mandatory 10% public open space in new developments.
Children and adults are being left with nowhere to play and to exercise.
The money which developers pay to Fingal County Council to buy their way out of their obligations is supposed to be ring-fenced to provide other or upgrade existing open spaces in the area.
In the past few years, Fingal County Council has levied nearly €640,000 in relation to this. We have seen no evidence of any of that money being reinvested in Donabate.
This is completely unacceptable.
We have written to Fingal County Council demanding answers in relation to where this money has gone.
We are sure you will be as interested as we are in finding out the answer. ...