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.