Lavelle welcomes council vote to make changes to Adamstown – Ireland’s first SDZ

February 10, 2014  

adamstown_01– Changes designed to kickstart residential building and to ensure Adamstown is not left as another unfinished development

– Agreement on changes to bring forward new road developments and to strengthen public transport provision – to take traffic pressure off Newcastle Road

William Lavelle, Fine Gael local councillor for Lucan, has welcomed the vote by South Dublin County Council today to amend the Adamstown Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) planning scheme. 

Adamstown was Ireland’s first SDZ, with the planning scheme adopted in 2003. However development has stalled since 2009 and to date only 1,250 residential units have been occupied.

The changes agreed today follow a lengthy public consultation process which included two public consultation meetings last April, a further two public consultation meeting last November and a written submission stage.

The changes agreed by the Council includes a 20% reduction in the overall number of residential units permitted.  Residential densities have been reduced from a range of 53 – 64 units per hectare to range of 44-51. This revised density range remains at the upper of the best practice guidance for medium density sustainable development at outer suburban locations as laid down in the 2009 Government ‘Guidelines on Sustainable Residential Development in Urban Areas’. (DEHLG)  This density change will reduce the overall number of residential units permitted in Adamstown from 10,000 to 8,145 units.

William states: “In real terms the change in density will allow more flexibility to provide more terraced town-housing in place of the apartment/duplex models which dominated to date. These changes will hopefully kickstart sustainable development in Adamstown. This will help meet demand and support jobs while ensuring that Adamstown is not left as another unfinished development which was local residents’ worst fear.”

Further changes, also agreed today, were proposed by William and were subject to dedicated meetings between councillors, council planners and the National Transport Authority.

William states: “As local councillor for Lucan and Adamstown, I am very aware of the traffic congestion at Newcastle Road. I have been clear in telling council planners that Newcastle Road cannot be expected to take more traffic! I proposed and secured agreement on important changes to the Adamstown masterplan to bring forward new road developments and strengthen public transport provision; so as to take traffic pressure off Newcastle Road!”

The transport changes include:

– Bringing forward of the opening of new roads links from Adamstown to Dodsboro Road and Celbridge Road

This will help to take pressure off Newcastle Road at an earlier stage.

– Requirement to address existing traffic problems at Newcastle Road

Measures will be examined and implemented to improve traffic flow remove the bottleneck between Superquinn and the N4 (while maintaining school pedestrian safety).

Introduction, for the first time, of a requirement (by phase 5) for a direct rail link to city centre

The National Transport Authority have advised that they will facilitate this by reopening the Phoenix Park rail tunnel, to be followed eventually by DART Underground.

-Requirement for development of bus capacity to serve Adamstown at each phase of development

The National Transport Authority will be involved in overseeing this.

 

William also secured changes to protect the character of Adamstown.  

William explained: “In response to concerns from existing Adamstown residents that a reduction in density could result in poorer quality design compared to the high-quality design to date, I have proposed and secured agreement with management (to be ratified by full council tomorrow) on a further amendment to the planning scheme requiring the provision of high quality design and finishes; and further explicitly empowering the planning authority to apply planning permission conditions addressing design issues.”

Councillors also voted to protect the early delivery of community infrastructure including the requirement for a large community centre and all-weather pitches in the current phase.

The Council voted to agree a cross-party amendment tabled by Councillor’s William Lavelle (Fine Gael), Eamon Tuffy (Labour) and Guss O’Connell (Independent) which prevented the proposed deferral of the phasing requirement for a new swimming pool from the current ceiling of 2,600 residential units to a new ceiling of 4,600 units.

It is still possible for the council decision on amendments to be appealed to an Bord Pleanala.