SDCC to retake controversial Lucan site from Shelbourne Developments

February 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Campaigns

griffeen-avenue-590x400Cllr. William Lavelle, Fine Gael local councilor for Lucan, has welcomed South Dublin County Council’s move to retake ownership from Shelbourne Developments of a controversial 41.5 acre site in Lucan, bounded by Griffeen Avenue, the Outer Ring Road and the Kildare rail line.

Cllr. Lavelle has now received a report from South Dublin County County Council stating that ‘following protracted negotiations between the Council, Shelbourne and NAMA, agreement was reached that Shelbourne would transfer the lands that it had acquired from the Council back to the Council in full and final settlement of all outstanding issues”.

William welcomed this move, stating, By retaking the site, the Council has effectively killed-off the planned development of 898 high-density apartments by Shelbourne Development on these lands. I will now turn my focus to working with the local community to ensure that residents have a say at an early stage on the future for these publicly-owned lands.”

In 2006, the then Council voted unanimously to dispose of the site to Gareth Kelleher’s Shelbourne Developments (of ‘Chicago Spire’ fame) as part of a controversial land-swap. There was significant anger when it emerged that the then councillors did not consult with the local community before agreeing the disposal.

This decision was further compounded by the decision by the then councilors in 2008 to adopt the Clonburris Local Area (LAP) despite significant local opposition. The main concerns regarding the LAP related to the unrealistic 67% target for pubic transport/walking/cycling which was cited as the theoretical basis for the required high densities. Further concerns related to the provisions allowing 6-storey buildings to be built right next door to existing two-storey housing at Oldbridge, Rossberry, Tullyhall, Moy Glas and Foxborough estates.

In line with the LAP adopted by the then councilors, Shelbourne Developments subsequently secured planning permission to build 898 high-density residential units on the land-swap site, despite a large campaign of objections from the community through the ‘Combined Griffeen Planning Action Group’, of which William was a member.

William states: “It is these poor decisions by the last 2004-2009 council which sparked me to seek election to the council in June 2009.”

“Since my election I have worked to seek to overturn both the controversial 2006 land disposal decision and the Clonburris LAP.”

“With respect to the Local Area Plan, the council agreed in recent months that it would be allowed to lapse later this year.”

“With respect to the land disposal, I have repeatedly raised this at numerous council meetings as well as directly with council officials and the council law agent. Last year the Council initiated legal action against Shelbourne Development and last week I received confirmation from the council’s Director of Planning that ‘following protracted negotiations between the Council, Shelbourne and NAMA, agreement was reached that Shelbourne would transfer the lands that it had acquired from the Council back to the Council in full and final settlement of all outstanding issues’”.

William added: “I am delighted that two of my top election priorities from 2009: securing reversal of the land-swap and cancellation of the high-rise Local Area Plan, are now to be achieved.”

Lavelle urges Bord Pleanala to overrule controversial Clonburris LAP

July 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Campaigns, Lucan

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.

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