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As announced in the national news today, An Bord Pleanála has received over 700 objections, including 8 from residents’ associations and 1 from a primary school, to the Hammerson–Allianz plans for an apartment scheme of over 880 units in Dundrum Village. The plans for this Strategic Housing Development envisage a series of 11 blocks with heights rising from 5 storeys on MainStreet to 16 storeys at the north end of the site.
Welcoming this news, Anne Colgan, Chair of local community group Imagine Dundrum, said, “this outstanding outcome demonstrates the strength of feeling among local people about the future of their home place, as did the huge turnout at the public meeting we hosted at the end of April. It is a tribute to the hard work of Imagine Dundrum members and many other local individuals and groups whose vision of the future Dundrum is radically different from that offered by the developers. We are grateful to everyone who made the effort to engage with the long and complex planning application and took the time to submit a personal observation.”
So the deadline for submissions to An Bord Pleanala (ABP) passed last Monday at 5.30 pm.
The options open to ABP are threefold: APPROVE planning permission, REFUSE planning permission, or Approve subject to conditions.
ABP is required to publish its DECISION by Monday July 25th, at the latest, but it may do so before that date.
Over the course of the weeks since the plans were published, Imagine Dundrum has been encouraged by the support we have received from our friends and neighbours in Dundrum and its environs. If the attendance at our public meeting and our drop-in clinics and the number of queries and supportive messages is anything to go by, ABP will have a considerable volume of quality submissions to consider before making its decision. Our own submission will be posted on our website www.imaginedundrum.ie shortly. Our core message is to recommend refusal to these plans.
We take this opportunity to thank everybody who has made a submission and all who have supported Imagine Dundrum in our efforts since 2016 to influence a positive outcome for Dundrum Village. We look forward to linking up with you again as the decision date approaches.
Making an Observation to An Bord Pleanála on the Hammerson–Allianz SHD Plans for Dundrum Village
The only opportunity for groups and individuals to comment on this major Strategic Housing Development is by making a written observation (sometimes referred to as a submission or an objection) to An Board Pleanála before the deadline of 5.30 pm on Monday May 9th. All observations must be accompanied by a payment of €20*.
An observation can be a simple, short, hand–written note or a more complex detailed submission with plans, photos and reports.
All observations must contain the reference number 313220 or the development address – Old Dundrum Shopping Centre, Main Street, Dundrum – and your name and postal address.
An observation can be hand–delivered or posted to An Bord Pleanála, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, D01 V902 accompanied by a cheque, Postal Order or bank draft for €20. (Cash and card payments are accepted at the counter for hand–delivered observations).
If you are making an online submission, you should prepare your written observation document in advance (include your name and address). An Bord Pleanála have available an observation form that you might find useful – https://www.pleanala.ie/en–IE/Observation–on–a–SHD–Application–Public/Observation–(SHD)–Making–an–Observation scroll down and click on ‘observation form’ at the bottom of the page.
When you are ready to submit your online observation go to https://online.pleanala.ie/en–ie/housing/observation.
- Enter the reference number 313220 and upload your observation document.
- Click on ‘Next’
- Enter your name and Email address
- Click on ‘Next’
- If you are ready to submit select ‘yes’, select €20 fee, enter your card details (make sure the details are correct) and click ‘Finish and Pay’
- You will receive a confirmation message.
*The more observations made the better, but you can cut down the cost of the observation by sharing with two or three neighbours or friends.
The final Hammerson-Allianz plans for Dundrum Village were lodged with An Bord Pleanála (ABP) for planning permission on Tuesday April 5th, and can be seen at https://dundrumvillageSHD.ie/.
The public has only until MONDAY MAY 9TH to make observations (submissions) to ABP – the only opportunity to have your say on this development.
IMAGINE DUNDRUM is strongly in favour of the redevelopment of Dundrum to revitalise our Village and provide much-needed homes. BUT WE ARE DEEPLY CONCERNED about these plans, which in no way match the vision of Dundrum’s future developed in consultation with the local community. Imagine Dundrum’s Proposals. With the help of a planning expert, we are considering the plans in detail and will make a more detailed statement very soon, but we have outlined below our initial concerns and questions.
WE ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT. Sign up to the Imagine Dundrum mailing list, contact your local Councillors and TDs, spread the word to friends and neighbours, make your own submission to An Bord Pleanála, and not least make a donation to support our campaign for the best possible future Dundrum.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:
- PUBLIC MEETING Wednesday April 27th, Taney Parish Centre, 7.30 pm. Input from our planning consultant and information on making a submission to An Bord Pleanála.
- DROP-IN ADICE/INFORMATION clinic to assist with submissions, Saturday April 30th. Details to be announced.
All citizens in the wider local area, and those beyond it with ties to Dundrum, are encouraged to view the plans for themselves and make their voices heard by taking part in the planning process.
Hammerson-Allianz plans: Imagine Dundrum’s INITIAL STATEMENT OF CONCERNS
- Lack of community engagement. Despite promises, and statements of a community-focused corporate ethos and commitment to place-making, the developer has failed to consult with the community in advance of lodging their plans.
- Timing. The 5-week public consultation period from April 5th includes 2 weeks of the Easter break for schools and colleges, when many local people will be away.
In addition, the plans were lodged only a very short time before the coming into force of the new Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Development Plan 2022-28 and in the absence of the long-awaited Local Area Plan for Dundrum, both of which contain strong protections for Dundrum Village itself.
- An Bord Pleanála’s formal Opinion requires the developer’s initial proposals to be given “further consideration and amendment” if they are “to constitute a reasonable basis for an application for strategic housing development”. Have the plans lodged on April 5th significantly changed from the developer’s initial proposals?
- Apparent over-riding of County Development Plans. The plans appear to ignore both Dundrum’s Major Town Centre zoning and the Special Local Objectives (SLOs) for the protection of Dundrum Village set down in the County Development Plans.
- The height and design of new buildings on Main Street are of concern. How do these decisions and the choice of mainly 5-storey buildings respond to the County Development Plan’s requirement to respect the character and scale of the historic Village streetscape?
- Destruction of Main Street heritage. How can the demolition of many of the existing buildings on Main Street (West) conform with their Architectural Conservation Area status granted in the County Development Plans?
- Reduction in retail provision on Main Street. How can this contribute to revitalising the Street as a lively public space conducive to sociability and connection?
- An almost entirely residential development. How can this provide the level of retail and non-residential provision appropriate to the long-standing Major Town Centre zoning of the Village, and the “civic, cultural and community “ facilities, spaces and services called for in the County Development Plan?
- Overall height and density. Dundrum Village and its surroundings form a human- scale environment, and at first sight the heights and density planned for this small site are shocking. How can they be in accordance with the context of the immediate and medium-distance built environment and the need to provide sustainable housing for future generations?
In short, the developer’s vision of Main Street as a community and a built environment is radically different from the vision Imagine Dundrum has developed over the last five years in consultation with local people. Imagine Dundrum’s Proposals
Help us campaign for a future Dundrum which is recognisable and authentic, which is thriving and inclusive, and which is a place we all want to belong to. Watch this website, sign up to our mailing list, come to the public meeting on Wednesday April 27th, and make your submission TO An Bord Pleanála in good time!
See https://dundrumvillageshd.ie/ More details later…