Proposed Draft Variation (No.17) of the Dublin City Development Plan 2011-2017

To the Lord Mayor and                                               Report No.142/2014

Members of Dublin City Council                                Report of the Executive Manager

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Proposed Draft Variation (No.17) of the Dublin City Development Plan 2011-2017:

 

Site at the former Enterprise Ireland Lands at Griffith Avenue and Ballymun Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

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PROPOSAL

 

It is proposed to vary the Dublin City Development Plan 2011-2017 by changing the zoning of the subject lands:

From:              Zoning Objective Z6 –   Employment/Enterprise: To provide for the creation and protection of enterprise and facilitate opportunities for employment creation.

To:                  Zoning Objective Z15 –   Community & Institutional Resource Lands: To provide for institutional, educational, recreational, community, green infrastructure, and health uses.

The proposed variation area is defined on the attached map

 

PURPOSE OF PROPOSED VARIATION

 

The subject site is part of a larger 3.64 ha landholding used in the recent past by Enterprise Ireland. The 0.97 ha site is located along Griffith Ave, which is a prominent east/west thoroughfare approx 3 km to the north of Dublin City Centre

The Planning Authority considers that it is appropriate to change the zoning of the subject lands from Z6 (Employment/Enterprise) to Z15 (Community & Institutional Resource Lands), for a number of reasons.

In a planning report submitted to Dublin City Council, the Office of Public Works (OPW), on behalf of the Department of Education & Skills (DES), explained that they are seeking to prepare a planning application for the development of a new school building for the Glasnevin Educate Together (GET) on the former Enterprise Ireland Lands at Griffith Avenue and Ballymun Road in Glasnevin. In order to facilitate this planning application a re‐zoning of the proposed site is required.

The proposed site is currently zoned Z6‐ ‘To provide for the creation and protection of enterprise and facilitate opportunities for employment creation’. The provision of a school (referred to in the Development Plan as education) is neither permissible nor open for consideration under this zoning. As such it is proposed to vary the Development Plan to rezone the site to Z15 ‐‘To protect and provide for institutional and community uses and to ensure that existing amenities are protected’, to allow for the provision of a school

The Department of Education & Skills 5 Year Capital Investment Programme outlines the major school projects that will commence construction over the duration of the Programme. In this Programme the Department has identified a number of areas, including the area in which Glasnevin Educate Together School is located where due to demographic changes, it is projected that there will be a requirement for significant additional school provision at both primary and post primary levels over the coming years. The Department’s priority is to ensure that there is sufficient school accommodation to meet projected pupil enrolment increases into the future and it is within this context that the development of the Glasnevin Educate Together School, which is a co‐educational school, from 8 to 16 classrooms is required to address the need for pupil places in that area for the foreseeable future.

The Glasnevin area falls into the Cabra/Phibsboro feeder area for Department projections. The latest child benefit data for that area indicates a requirement for up to 38 classrooms in the area by 2018

The site stakeholder has stated in the supporting document that as per the Development Plan, Z15 lands ’play an important role in the achievement of a more compact city in that they contribute to the creation of vibrant neighbourhoods and a sustainable wellconnected city through the provision of such infrastructure as schools, hospitals and open space. …it is Council policy to cooperate with, in order to promote the strategic long term needs of the city and the county’.

In addition, the Development Plan states that ‘Dublin City Council will actively assist and liaise with the Department of Education and Science (DES) in relation to the provision of schools with particular regard to forecasting demand and the timely identification of suitable sites and phasing arrangements’.

Further Policy NC9 states ‘To facilitate the provision of new schools, school extensions and third level institutions and to have regard to the provisions of the DoEHLG & DES Joint Code of Practice on Planning and the Provision of Schools (2008).’

The subject site is currently an empty and unused portion of a larger area of land which does not presently contribute to employment or enterprise within the city, and is relatively restricted in size in comparison to the remaining larger adjoining area of Z6 land. As a consequence a proposed rezoning to Z15 is considered unlikely to negatively impact on the established industrial legacy of the area, or have a detrimental impact on the Dublin’s strategic land bank of Z6 zoned lands.

Taking into consideration the surplus/unused nature of the site at present, the proximity of the land in an established residential area and the projected requirements for significant additional school provision over the coming years by the Dept of the Education, the proposed rezoning from Z6 to Z15 will facilitate a more appropriate use for this land and allow any future suitable development to utilise a prominent underutilised/underperforming area of the city.

PROCEDURE FOLLOWED

 

Public Notice and Display

Members of the public were invited to make submissions regarding the proposed variation. In accordance with the procedures set out in Section 13 & 20 of the Planning and Development Acts 2000-2010, the proposed variation was placed on public display from 28th February 2014 to 28th March 2014 and a public notice was inserted into the Irish Times.

 

Copies of the proposed variation and amendment, together with SEA and AA screening reports, were made available for inspection at the Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 within the above listed dates. Details were also available on the City Council’s website at www.dublincity.ie.

 

STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT (SEA) / APPROPRIATE ASSESSMENT (AA) SCREENING

 

SEA

The Planning Authority determined, using the screening criteria set out in Schedule 2A Planning and Development Regulations 2001-2004, the DoEHLG SEA Guidelines and Annex 2 of Directive 2001/42/EC, as amended, that an SEA is not necessary for the proposed variation of the Dublin City Development Plan 2011-2017. The prescribed authorities were notified of this determination and no objection was received within the prescribed period. The Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaelthacht did however request clarification as to whether any protected species including bats inhabit the area. This concern is clarified in Managers Response C.

 

AA

An Appropriate Assessment Screening was undertaken of the proposed variation of the Dublin City Development Plan, in accordance with the requirements of Article 6(3) of the EU Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC). The proposed variation was not predicted to have a likely impact on the key features or the conservation function of any Natura 200 sites.

The prescribed bodies were notified of the above determination in relation to the AA Screening and did not object within the appropriate period

REPORT ON SUBMISSIONS AND OBSERVATIONS

 

The following persons or bodies made submissions during the public consultation:

 

Sub.

Name Surname Title Organisation

1

Cian O’Mahony Scientific Officer Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

2

Olivia Morgan National Roads Authority (NRA)

3

Maura Killoran Central Bank

4

Gretta Hannigan Senior Fisheries Environmental Officer Inland Fisheries Ireland

5

Patricia O’Leary Department of  Arts, Heritage and Gaelthacht

6

Sinead Dixon

7

Roisin Shortall TD Dail Eireann

8

Andrew Darby

9

Malachy Bradley RPG Officer Dublin & Midlands Regional Authorities

10

Marian White

11

Tania Miller

12

Joe/Emer Costello TD/MEP Dail Eireann/ European Parliament

13

Jessica Hardy

14

Helen Gontlan

15

Deirdre Mulligan

16

Pearse Buckley

17

Jonathan Mitchell

18

Yvonne Cleary

19

Tara Foran

20

Veronica Brady

21

Irma McLoughlin

22

Suzanne Kennedy

23

Patrick Connolly

24

Julie Spillane

25

Laura Curry

26

AnneMarie Murnane

27

Joe O Hara

28

Ruth O’Donnell

29

Rachel Hobson

30

Mary Mullett

31

Michelle Byrne

32

Jason Keane

33

Lisa Davy

34

Rebecca Whelan

35

Susan Brocklesby

36

Sean MacDomhnaill

37

Emily Bonham

38

Rhonda Ince

39

Frances Bowe

40

D Conway

41

Christian Basa

42

Javier O’Brien

43

Siofra Coffey

44

Deirdre O’Reilly

45

Nikki Brennan

46

Sally Galliana

47

Linda Morley

48

Brendan White

49

Augustina Garcia

50

Jill O’Reilly

51

Trish O’Meara

52

Saoud Hissaoeu

53

Keith Davey

54

Christine Duff

55

Joanne Conway

56

Annaba Kilfeather Dr.

57

Aoife Connolly

58

Deirdre Parker

59

Breda Hughes

60

Derek Stanley

61

Deirdre Bolton

62

Olivia Coffey

63

Cliona Doyle

64

Philip Matthew

65

Josh Maguire

66

Gavin Davey

67

Tanya Doyle

68

Rosa-Ana Lazono

69

Una Eustace

70

David Coleman

71

Sinead Coleman

72

Fiona Arkins

73

Bryan MacDonald Dr.

74

Helen McGrath Dr.

75

Susan Fennessy

76

Deirdre O’Neill

77

Evelyn Byrne

78

Lilia Rusmane

 

 

 

 

 

 

Relevant Issues Raised in the Submissions Received & Managers Response

 

A total of 78 comments/observations were received by Dublin City Council regarding the proposed variation. The submissions have been assessed and all relevant issues/concerns have been taken into account and a Managers Response and Recommendation prepared in each case.

 

  1. Submission No.1 (Environmental Protection Agency), No.2 (National Roads Authority), No. 4 (Fisheries Ireland) and No.9 (Dublin & Mid East Regional Authorities) acknowledged the proposed variation and have no objection or comments/observations to make.

 

Mangers Response

 

No comment

 

Managers Recommendation

 

No change necessary to the proposed variation

 

  1. Submission No. 7 (Roisin Shortall T.D), No.12 (Joe Costello TD & Emer Costello MEP) and 71 other submissions from individual residents, mainly from the locality, acknowledged and offered support for the proposed variation.

 

The submissions offer support for the proposed rezoning of the lands to facilitate additional education facilities/provision in the local area.

 

Mangers Response

The various observations supporting the proposed variation are welcomed

Managers Recommendation

No change necessary to the proposed variation

 

  1. Submission No.5 (Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht) asked whether during the SEA Screening process if it was established if any protected species inhabit the proposed variation area, in particular any bat species.

 

Managers Response

 

During the SEA Screening of the subject site, it was established that the proposed variation is unlikely to have any significant environmental impact. In reference to the possibility of bat activity and bat species roosting on the subject site, Dublin City Council collated bat activity records for the City from 2000 – 2012. Based on these statistics, no evidence of bat activity was recorded on the subject site. The proposed rezoning is therefore unlikely to have any significant on the City’s bat population.

Managers Recommendation

 

No change necessary to the proposed variation

 

 

RECOMMENDATION TO THE CITY COUNCIL

 

Having regard to the submissions received and to the Manager’s Response to the issues raised therein, it is recommended that the City Council adopt the proposed variation (No.17) of the Dublin City Development Plan 2011-2017.

 

 

 

Jim Keogan

Executive Manager

6th May 2014

 

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