Saturday, August 02, 2008

Amendments to Phibsborough Local Area Plan Go on Public Display

Following the recent public consultation on the Phibsborough Local Area Plan Cllr Emer Costello proposed almost 40 amendments to ensure that residents concerns would be addressed in the final Plan.

A considerable number of her amendments were agreed by the City Council and accepted by the City Manager, while it was not possible to secure agreement on others. The Draft Local Area Plan was adopted by the City Council at its meeting on 7th July subject to a new consultation process on the proposed amendments.

Dublin City Council will now put the amendments on display and invite submissions from the public (note submissions can only relate to the proposed amendments). The proposed amendments to the Draft Plan will go on display from Friday 25th July 2008 to Friday 22nd August 2008 (inclusive) at the following locations:

Civic Offices,
Wood Quay, Dublin 8
Monday – Friday, 9am.00 – 4.30 pm

Dublin City Council Cabra Area Office
97 New Cabra Road, Dublin 7
Monday – Thursday,10.00 am– 4.00 pm

Phibsborough Library,
Blacquiere Bridge, North Circular Road
Monday & Wednesday:
12.45-4.00p.m. & 4.45 p.m. – 8.00 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday
10.00 am – 1.00 pm & 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Dublin City Council will also hold an information session on the proposed amendments at Conference Room 2, St Peters Church, Phibsborough on Tuesday 5th August 2008 from
6.30 pm to 9.00 pm

The report detailing the proposed amendments is also available on the Phibsborough Local Area Plan page of the Dublin City Council Website (click on link). Hard copies of the report are also available on request from the Planning Department

Written submissions or observations on the proposed amendments must be submitted by 4.30 p.m. on Friday 22nd August 2008. Submissions can be made by email to or addressed to Tom Vaughan, Planning Department, Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Wood Quay Dublin 8.

The Manager has until 18th September to prepare a report on the submissions received. The City Councillors will then have six weeks from 19th September to consider the Manager’s report.

Summary of Main Issues in Proposed Amendments to Phibsborough Local Area Plan

The proposed multi-purpose sports and recreation centre at Phibsborough Village Centre to be increased in size from 2,000m2to 2,500 m2

Provision of a Cinema/auditorium/theatre on the Phibsborough Shopping Centre site

An area equivalent to the pitch at Dalymount Park to be designated for sports, cultural and play areas and additional space to this to be allocated for the provision of a new or extended school

The deletion of the proposals in the first draft of the LAP for mews developments at the Smurfit Site (bounding onto Marguerite Road) and Mount Bernard Park

The enhancement and enlargement of Mount Bernard Park through the acquisition of the disused Iarnrod √Čireann lands, and the creation of new pedestrian and cycle route to the Royal Canal combined with a new pedestrian bridge at the Canal

The reinstatement of the residential Z1 zoning “To protect, provide and improve residential amenities” for the lands a 1 – 10 Villa Bank and 140-143 Phibsborough Road, to the north of Devery’s Lane, Villa Bank, and the deletion of the proposal to rezone this land to “mixed services” Z4

The deletion of any reference to compulsory purchase orders of properties for the development of a new east/west route from Phibsborough Village Centre to Innisfallen Parade

The proposed red-dotted east west route from Phibsborough to Mountjoy has been deleted to allow for alternative routes to be considered between Phibsborough Road and Mountjoy

The designation of three Architectural Conservation Areas (ACAs) at 1)Great Western Square, Monck Place/ the Borough; 2)Royal Canal Bank/Blessington St Basin/Primrose/Fontenoy Street and 3)Phibsborough Centre

The inclusion of Cabra Park and Villa Bank in the proposed “Homezones”

A new housing objective to ensure that all proposals for extensions to single storey artisan dwellings respect the architectural character of the area and protects the residential amenity and privacy of adjoining properties

Dublin City Council will encourage high quality retail uses within Phibsborough Shopping Centre and the North Circular Road

The restatement of Policy RES 19 in the Dublin City Development Plan which seeks to safeguard against a proliferation of institutional hostel type accommodation in residential areas and the referral of this objective to the Housing SPC for their consideration.

A commitment to the enforcement of the waste management Code of Practice for multi-occupancy dwellings. (Dublin City Council has also given a separate undertaking that they will conduct an audit of rented accommodation in the area)

The provision of studio space for artists in a number of the key sites

Dublin City Council to encourage the provision of a multi-denominational or non-denominational post primary school in the area

A greater emphasis on activities for senior citizens in the education and community/social infrastructure sections

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