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Observation on Racecourse Park planning application

My comments are here. I strongly support the application, but I have asked An Bord Pleanála to make some important changes, including

  • reducing the very large area of car parking planned (2x the size of the Racecourse shops car park plus an extra “overflow” car park);
  • providing low level lighting like that on the existing greenway instead of 6m high lights;
  • ensuring that the bridges don’t become dangerously icy like the existing greenway bridge;
  • putting resources into planting rather than corten steel objects.

Councils should be encouraged to use the Development Plan to protect the climate

My response to the Department of Housing’s consultation on draft Development Plan Guidelines asks the Department not to try to prevent local authorities using the planning system to drive the decarbonisation process.

It refers to this article on Fingal’s successful energy standards innovation at a local level, where Fingal led Ireland to higher building energy standards.

Motions in relation to County Development Plan

We are at the start of the process for adopting the Fingal Development Plan 2023-2029. There was a public consultation this Spring in advance of the Draft. In a series of meetings starting on 30th August, the Council will consider the responses to that consultation. Motions from Councillors to give direction for the drafting of the Development Plan will be discussed. I have submitted the following motions based on the responses from the public and my own submission:

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Fingal Greens welcome Donabate housing development

Fingal Greens today welcomed a partnership between Fingal County Council and a private developer which will exclude cuckoo funds and contain substantial affordable, social and cost rental housing.

The Fingal Green Party welcome the strengthening of the deal in recent days with commitments to exclude investment funds from purchasing both housing and apartments on the site and to offer at least 50% of the apartments for cost-rental.

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Submission to County Development Plan process

Fingal County Council is starting its Development Plan process. My submission A Development Plan for a Sustainable Fingal doesn’t try to address the full breadth of the Plan, but focusses on a few issues which need attention:

  • Quantitative assessment of climate impact
  • Coastal monitoring and protection of sand dunes which are natural coastal protection
  • Duty of active dissemination of environmental information
  • Access to the Coast, Protection and Improvement of Coastal Amenities and Biodiversity, Blue Flags
  • Baldoyle and Kilbarrack Industrial Estates
  • Public Rights of Way
  • Active Travel, particularly to school
  • Demand Management
  • Sustainable Urban Drainage
  • Sewage overflows and misconnections
  • Asssessment of transport infrastructure options including for the South Fringe/North Fringe area

The submissions from the public at this stage of the will inform the writing of the Draft Plan, which will go to public display in February 2022.