Thursday 26 February 2009

Sisters and brothers busy making rezoning submissions to council

DESPITE THE recession, there is no shortage of submissions to rezone lands under Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council’s draft development plan 2010-2016.

Religious orders figure quite prominently with the Daughters of Charity at Temple Hill, Blackrock looking to have 6.56 hectares of their lands rezoned for residential development. The sisters have even submitted a framework plan and suggest the “entire scheme might be linked by a new bus route to Blackrock from Newtownpark Avenue”. They estimate the lands will accommodate 867 to 1,094 dwellings and a local centre for residents.

While they will keep it low rise near residential areas, heights of up to seven storeys are muted for Temple Hill frontage, with higher landmark buildings suggested for land remote from housing and overlooking parkland.

Meanwhile the Christian Brothers are looking to have a further 10 acres of their land at Old Conna in Bray rezoned to A1, “to provide for new residential communities subject to a local area plan”.

Already 15 acres of their 25-acre holding is zoned A1 but the submission says the drafting of the local area plan has been hampered by a lack of services and transport.

They also propose that about five acres of the site could be rezoned to E, “to provide for economic development and employment” in light of the proposed routing of the Luas B2 line, and want the institutional zoning to be removed from the north-west corner of the site.

The Christian Brothers are also looking to have 5.6 hectares in Shankill changed from green belt “to protect and enhance the open nature of land between urban centres” to E.

Irish Times

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