Friday, August 26, 2011

Grangegorman SDZ Adopted

Another milestone in the development of the unified campus for the Dublin Institute of Technoloy and new HSE Mental Health and Primary Care facilities on the site of St Brendan's Hospital was achieved recently when Dublin City Council adopted the Grangegorman Stratgic Development Zone.
Residents from the Grangegorman Neighbourhood were in contact with me in relation to their concerns and the impact of the development on their homes. As a result of residents’ submissions, I proposed a number of motions to ensure that residents’ concerns would be taken into consideration.
For further information click on the link to my report on motions .
Dublin City Council placed the revised Planning Scheme on Public Display. Members of the public had until 22 August to lodge observations on the revisions to An Bord Pleanala. An Bord Pleanala will decide shortly on whether to hold an Oral Hearing on th SDZ.
I am aware that residents have serious concerns in relation to the development and hope that these amendments will go some way towards allaying some of those concerns. Residents can be assured of my continued support and commitment to working with them to seek to minimise the impact of the development on their homes.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Plans for O'Devaney Gardens Get Green Light from An Bord Pleanala

An Bord Pleansla has given the green light for the regeneration of the O'Devaney Gardens. This is great news for the residents of O'Devaney Gardens who were let down do badly in 2008 by the collapse of the McNamara Public Private Partnerhsip when their dreams of new homes and the social regeneration of the area, including new community facilities were completely shattered.
The proposal approved by An Bord Pleanala includes the construction of 91 residential units (social and private housing) as well as the provision of a public park in Phase 1. Dublin City Council plan start the demolition of a further five blocks in August. It is hoped that construction on phase one will start in 2012 with completion of the first residential units by 2013.
As a member of the O’Devaney Gardens Regeneration Board I am completely committed to working with residents of O'Devaney Gardens and the surrounding commuities to ensure the delivery of a quality regeneration project which will provide the social and physical regeneration long promised and much overdue to the area.

See link to Irish Times Report Friday 12 August 2011