Monthly Archives: May 2022

Observation on the second Auburn SHD

The first Strategic Housing Development planning application at Auburn SHD was turned down by An Bord Pleanála. (See my submission here.) A new application has come in with some minor changes, but still with no walking routes northward to connect up with Malahide and the Swords Road (and 102 bus route). So my observation again points to the accumulation of policy which commits to ensuring that new residential areas are walkable and asks An Bord Pleanála to follow national, regional, county and local policy.

Observation on Broomfield SHD

My observation on the Strategic Housing Development planning application at Broomfield, Malahide is here. The main points are:

  • The application is for a very car-dominated and child-hostile environment. It would be much better to group the car parking near the Back Road and provide for a pedestrian-oriented estate layout, with motor vehicle access for deliveries only.
  • To minimise walking distances to the town of Malahide, public transport and local amenities, there should be a walking and cycling access from the north of the proposed housing area to Back Road.
  • The applicant should be required to reserve a route to facilitate the active travel access route between the Back Road and Malahide Community School proposed in the draft Fingal Development Plan following recommendations from a report by Sustrans.
  • The applicant here should be required to incorporate a school in their application or reserve and allocate a site for a primary school.

Submission to consultation on draft Fingal Development Plan 2023-2029

My submission is here, covering the following topics:

  • Ecological restoration
  • Water Framework Directive
  • Assessment of climate impact of development proposals
  • Fossil fuel infrastructure
  • Solar energy
  • Nature-based solutions and biodiversity co-benefits on the coast
  • Baldoyle and Kilbarrack Industrial Estates
  • Roadside signage
  • Restriction of advertising
  • Circular Economy
  • Howth West Pier infill proposal
  • Access to Balscadden Beach
  • Car parking “norms”
  • Actions towards filtered permeability
  • Indicative Cycle/Pedestrian Routes
  • Local Objectives and various policies and objectives
  • Duty of active dissemination of environmental information
  • Local objective to recognise Bathing Waters
  • Public Rights of Way
  • Sewage overflows and unplanned discharges
  • South Fringe/North Fringe development area and orbital public transport

My observation on the Sutton to Malahide walking and cycling route consultation

My comments on the draft design are here. The main points are:

  • The proposal is very welcome and the design is greatly improved from the previous versions.
  • However, there are a number of changes which I recommend, in particular full segregation between walking and cycling on the route, given how busy it will inevitably be with existing and new population and the many visitors which the route itself will help to attract.