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20th December 2019 | Housing, Press Releases

Clongriffin development is a missed opportunity to create a more sustainable community

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The Strategic Housing Development (SHD) in Clongriffin is a missed opportunity for creating a sustainable, mixed use development with residential and commercial space

Two planning applications comprising of 1,400 apartments have been granted planning permission in Clongriffin.  These planning applications were Strategic Housing Developments (SHD) so they bypassed the normal planning process of Dublin City Council and we’re not subject to the sustainable development principles clearly set out in the City Development Plan.

Cllr David Healy and Cllr Lawrence Hemmings raised a number of concerns in relation to this development. Despite being described as a ‘mixed use’ development it is almost entirely residential – with between 89% and 94% of the space residential. The land is currently zoned for enterprise centres and green/clean industries.  A substantial proportion of all units are Build to Rent with the vast majority of units being two bedroom. Many of the towers exceed the height restrictions in the City Development Plan, including one tower of 17 storeys.

Cllr Lawrence Hemmings said:

“Our view is that sustainable development in the area should include commercial space for business development, not retail space alone. We know that most people on the Northern Fringe are commuting to work in the city centre, City West or other business parks. This development in Clongriffin is a missed opportunity for creating local employment alongside housing.

“The pressure on local transport links, particularly south bound rail services and M50 connections, are currently under is immense. The frequency of DARTs, commuter train stops and bus services will have to scale-up to match the demand which is already well over capacity. Irish Rail rolling stock is not going to increase until 2023 which could be years after the completion of a sizeable proportion of the housing on Clongriffin comes on stream.

“Clongriffin has a great sense of community despite many local challenges. The addition of 1,400 units, the majority of which are two beds, would in our view not increase the sense of community. Units of this size are either not feasible or unattractive to any of those with young children or family planning.”