Lavelle urges Bord Pleanala to overrule controversial Clonburris LAP

July 20, 2010  

Cllr. William Lavelle, Fine Gael councillor for Lucan has called on an Bord Pleanala to overrule elements of the Clonburris LAP and to restrict development on the controversial Shelbourne Developments site at Griffeen Avenue.

“Earlier this year, along with my Fine Gael colleague Senator Frances Fitzgerald I lodged an appeal with an Bord Pleanala against South Dublin County Council’s decision to grant permission to Shelbourne Development for 898 high-density units at Griffeen Avenue, on lands subject to Clonburris Local Area Plan.

“At that time I was also happy to donate my professional expertise as an architect to lead the drafting of our community appeal to an Bord Pleanala. This appeal was lodged in the name of the ‘Combined Griffeen Planning Action Group’. This is a cross-community group established on foot of the first public meeting against this planning application which I convened back in April 2009. I am delighted that this group has developed into a strong voice for the residents of Lucan South.

“This week we lodged another detailed 26-page submission to an Bord Pleanala. Again I was happy to coordinate preparation of this submission.

“An Bord Pleanala will now consider all the appeals and further submissions received and will make it’s ruling in coming months. While it is likely that some development may be granted permission, we have put forward strong policy-based and evidence-based arguments as to why an Bord Pleanala should, at a minimum, require a significant reduction of the proposed building heights (in particular along Griffeen Avenue) and of the proposed overall quantum of residential units thus reducing the potential negative traffic impact of this proposed development.

“Ultimately, given that the current high-density proposal from Shelbourne Developments general complies with the Clonburris Local Area Plan (LAP) which was adopted by the then councillors in 2008, we are now requesting the board to overrule elements of the LAP.

“At the time the draft LAP was being considered, many in the community (including myself – not yet a councillor) had made submissions to South Dublin County Council raising concerns over traffic and building heights and requesting amendments to the draft LAP. Unfortunately our submissions were ignored and the LAP was adopted by the then councillors.

“Hopefully an Bord Pleanala will now look favourably on our latest community appeal and overrule the LAP.

The full planning application documentation can be viewed by clicking here.

Below: William pictured at the Grifeen Avenue roundabout with Siobhan Donnelly & Maria Smith from the Combined Griffeen Planning Action Group.