Monday, 2 February 2009

Plan for residential and commercial development on Poolbeg peninsula

PLANS FOR a new urban quarter on the Poolbeg peninsula, with homes for 10,000 people and office space to accommodate 16,000 workers, are being released for public consultation today by the Dublin Docklands Development Authority.

The plans, once they are ratified by the Minister for the Environment, will allow for the development of more than 100 acres of former industrial lands including the 25-acre Irish Glass Bottle site, the neighbouring 12-acre Fabrizia site and the former Pigeon House power station, dock and hotel.

The development area will encircle the Ringsend sewage-treatment plant and Ireland’s first municipal waste incinerator due to be built by Dublin City Council.

Approval to create a special docklands planning scheme for the Poolbeg peninsula was granted to the docklands authority by the Government in mid-2007.

The special planning schemes, also known as Section 25 schemes, give power to the docklands authority to grant permission for developments.

This means that a developer does not have to go through the normal process of applying to the local authority, and a possible appeal to Bord Pleanála, as long as the docklands authority is satisfied that the development complies with the planning scheme.

The Poolbeg planning scheme will be open for public consultation until April, after which it will go to the Minister for the Environment for final ratification.

The authority expects to receive the first applications under the scheme by the end of this year. It envisages that the peninsula will be developed over a 10- to 15-year period in two phases.

The first phase will see the development of around 450,000 sq m.

The second phase, the development of the remaining 350,000 sq m, will only be permitted after a Luas line has been extended to the area.

The planning scheme has divided the area into four zones.

The first, at the beginning of the peninsula, incorporates the glass bottle and Fabrizia lands.

The glass bottle site was bought for €412 million in 2006 by a consortium headed by developer Bernard McNamara, but the authority has invested a 26 per cent stake.

Fabrizia Developments is owned by Liam Carroll, who was refused permission by Bord Pleanála in 2007 to develop the land, having been granted permission by Dublin City Council in 2006.

This first zone will be a mixed-use residential, commercial and retail development.

The second zone is a small strip of land to the north of this, which will be used for commercial development only in order to form a boundary between the new development and the port lands.

The third zone is another large tract of land, owned by Dublin Port and currently used mainly for concrete production, facing out on to the southern shore of the peninsula towards Sandymount.

The north of this land will have some commercial development, but the south will be primarily residential facing out on to the bay.

The final zone, to the north of the sewage-treatment plant around Pigeon House Dock, is owned by the city council and Dublin Port. The farthest zone from the city, this area is likely to be the last developed.

The area will have commercial and residential development, but with several protected structures on the land, including the former power station and hotel, it will also be the site for arts and cultural developments.

Although the scheme will involve high densities it will be relatively low-rise.

Most of the residential accommodation, which accounts for 60-70 per cent of the land use, will be six to seven storeys, while the maximum heights will be 15 storeys. Several areas, particularly at the south shore, will be less than three storeys.

The city council had spent several years developing a framework plan for Poolbeg. However, this plan was never ratified and will now be superseded by the docklands plan.

Irish Times

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Irish Times & Labour Party Spin For Developers Autocracy (DDDA)

Very Curious.

Following its lazy, or otherwise practice, The Irish Times seems to have yet again issued a DDDA press release on behalf of the Dublin Developer's Autocracy (DDDA). The Developer's Autocracy seems to directly use The Irish Times and The Labour Party's Councillor Humphries to perform its PR and spin, coordinated by it's own in-house spin department.

The DDDA Developer's Autocracy should be shut down. It no longer serves its original social purpose. Who does the DDDA Developer's Autocracy work for besides the directors of Fianna Fails developers' bank (Anglo-Irish) and its own DDDA directors and their colleagues in the tent?

Dublin Developer's Autocracy (DDDA) & Gerrymander

It is curious that Cllr Humphries distributes leaflets on behalf of DDDA for its cynically titled "public consultations". Cllr Humphries has not distributed leaflets about the close relationships between DDDA and Anglo-Irish Bank. He does not explain how these relationships can be fully trustworthy.

Cllr Humphries leaflets were distributed to part of the electoral district apparently gerrymandered to the benefit of the Developers Autocracy, and split as urged by Cllr Humphries. It is especially curious that DDDA, to date, has not itself issued household flyers about the alleged "consultations". This smells more strongly than the Poolbeg Sewage Factory. It smells of The Big Lie.

And it will be interesting to see if the rest of the gerrymandered district is notified. And it will be interesting to see if the "consultations" continue to be held in locations at a considerable distance from the large population around Dublin Bay.

Very Curious & totally consistent with The Big Lie methodology, however accidentally.

Irish Times Needs Developer's Autocracy Advertising Money

The Irish Times gains advertising revenue from the Dublin Developer's Autocracy - a minimal disclosure omitted from the Irish Times 'article' dated Feb 2, 2009.

Example of Irish Times journalism:
"The plans, once they are ratified by the Minister for the Environment, ..."

A credible journalist or a minimally pretending journalist would at least say IF they are ratified. And then add some critical insight to inform the public.

This same lazy, or otherwise journalist, also reprinted press releases taken more or less directly from the promoters of the Poolbeg Incinerator at the politically biased EPA Oral Hearings in 2008.

This same lazy, or otherwise journalist, does not mention any possible conflicts of interest at the Dublin Developer's Autocracy:

* the Dublin Developer's Autocracy bypasses Bord Pleanala
* the Dublin Developer's Autocracy decides the planning permission (Chinese style autocracy)
* the Dublin Developer's Autocracy "invested" taxpayer money in the IGB site and lost most of that money (information is currently withheld; ask Seanie to confirm probable write-offs are €400,000,000.)
* revolving doors between Anglo Irish Bank's auditors, Price Waterhouse Coopers auditors/accountants/directors, DDDA Developers Autocracy, Anglo-Irish, RPS Consulting, Dublin City Council, Incineration Promoters, EPA Ireland, Ex-EPA Ireland "consultants", Covanta & Dong, Indaver, Energy Answers, An Bord Pleanala, ...
* Apparently the honest Directors at the Dublin Developer's Autocracy have a longstanding history of "working closely with" the honest Directors of Anglo Irish Bank.

The Irish Times journalist and the editor should be posted to New Orleans as they are "doing a mighty fine job".