As most of you will be aware by now last September the H.S.E. lodged a direct planning application to An Bord Pleanala for a new National Forensic Mental Health Service Hospital on the grounds of St. Itas Hospital, Portrane. You can view the full documents here.
The H.S.E. is planning to relocate the Central Mental Hospital, Dundrum to Portrane. Dundrum is seen as not suitable in its current state and a new hospital is needed hence the decision to relocate.
The Community Council having viewed the planning application and in consultation with other interested bodies in the area called a public meeting in October of last year and invited the H.S.E. to partake, a copy of the H.S.E. presentation can be viewed here.
As a result of this public meeting the Community Council decided to engage a planning consultant to make a submission on behalf of the community Council that submission document can be viewed here , with AppendixB and AppendixC . Our submission was put together after numerous meetings and discussion with interested groups on the peninsula. St. Patricks G.A.A club also engaged a planning consultant to make their submission. There were a total of 30 submissions made on this planning application.
The Community Council’s submission to An Bord Pleanala does not support HSE planning application in it’s current form and includes alternative suggestions for construction traffic management, recommendations for community gain, request for adequate waste management plan and master plan for protected structures.
Given the long history of mental health on this peninsula and the tradition of caring for those most at risk in our community, the DPCC is supportive of the expansion of mental health services on the site of St. Ita’s.
However, the current planning application submitted by the HSE does not take into account the needs of this community with particular reference to construction traffic and community gain or lack thereof.
The current application proposes that construction traffic travel up the Hearse Road, over the Railway Bridge down Main Street and further on down the Portrane Road. Construction trucks travelling through the village past all the shops/businesses and continuing on past three schools is unacceptable to the DPCC. With regard to community gain this section of the application is wholly inadequate.
Taking all of the above into consideration, the Community Council’s submission to An Bord Pleanala does not support HSE planning application in it’s current form and includes alternative suggestions for construction traffic management, recommendations for community gain, request for adequate waste management plan and master plan for protected structures.
In February the H.S.E. submitted a submission to An Bord Pleanala’s request for a response to the submissions of the local community those documents can be viewed here . The Community Council and other bodies feel that the H.S.E in their submission response have not responded adequately and because of that we have reengaged our planning consultant to object to the planning application in its entirety. This new submission has to be in to An Bord Pleanala by 5.30 on 23rd. March 2015.
The Community Council and other interested groups with the help of councillors Adrian Henchy and Paul Mulville held a very successful workshop last Sat. 14th. March in the Community Centre.
The workshop was organised in response to the H.S.E.’s lack of engagement with the local community regarding their application to An Bord Pleanála to move the Central Mental Hospital, from its present location in Dundrum to a new site at St. Ita’s Hospital, Portrane.
This workshop was organised to help anyone who wised to make their own submission, to answer any questions they may have had and also to walk them through An Bord Pleanála’s submission process for anyone who has never made a submission before.
A very good presentation was made which can be viewed here backed up by short clips of existing traffic chaos on the peninsula particularly at the schools and approaches to the railway bridge.
The workshop was very well attended so much so that the presentation had to be run a second time and their were people on hand to answer any questions which may have arisen.
The deadline for submissions on this application is next Mon. 23rd. March 2015. We would urge anyone who has an interest in the future of this peninsula to make their own submission or group together with friends or neighbours and make a submission that way. If you view the presentation document it will give you pointers on making the submission and if you have any questions you can contact.
On the 23rd. March the Community Council lodged a submission to A.B.P. prepared by our planning consultant, we also engaged an engineering consultant to deliver a traffic report which accompanies our submission. Both documents can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
All other Documents in order of date can be viewed below.
The Community Council would like to thank everyone be they individuals or groups who came together as a community to help us put together these reports and submissions in order to make our community a better place to live and work in.