Earlier this summer South Dublin County Council undertook a review of the Adamstown Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) Planning Scheme. In total 37 submissions received including a number of residents made personal submissions as well as submissions from residents associations and local schools. There were also submissions from The Rail Procurement Agency, Irish Rail, The Environmental Protection agency, Lucan Planning Council, and the 3 developers which make up Chartridge ltd which is developing Adamstown.
In May 2013 the County Manager released a summary of those submissions. It is clear from the report that all 3 developers would like to ditch the grand plans for Adamstown and return to building the failed model of 3 bedroom semi-detached housing. Essentially they want to strip out much of the social amenities, the quality finishes, the mature planting already agreed in the SDZ, so the developers/bankers can recoup some of their losses of the past 5 years and return to building “no frills” housing of the 80’ and 90’s.
Yesterday I learned of a new application (link below) by Joe O’Reilly’s Castletorn (the main developer and one of the Maple 10 who were allegedly given hundreds of millions in loans by Anglo Irish Bank to reinvest in the bank’s shares). This latest application is seeking permission to build a temporary car park for 4 years containing 2,900 car parking space and other auxiliary services.
In the documents attached to the application it says ‘The car parking space are to be utilised by construction workers at the new Intel facility. These workers will be collected by shuttle service bus at the Adamstown car park and transported to the Intel site, essentially creating a park and ride facility. Based on a car park and ride site capacity of 2,900 vehicles, it is anticipated that 17 buses will undertake return trips from 06.00 to 21:00. The peak flows between 05:45 and 07:30 and 16:00 t0 18:30. A minimal service running outside these hours.’
It goes on to say that ‘Intel employees using the Park and Ride will enter and exit the facility via Station Road having entered Adamstown via the Outer Ring Road and the Adamstown Link Road’ However the report omits that some of this traffic will also make it way to through Lucan village and the surrounding estates.
A small carrot to the community of Adamstown is that a number of roads previously permitted in the Adamstown will be completed. Most it must be said to only facilitate the development of the proposed car park rather than residents needs.
As the application also states ‘Buses catering for construction workers at the new intel plant will be directed to and from the N4 from the Dobsboro interchange and will access the car park in a roughly north-south direction through Adamstown via Tandys Lane, the proposed new Dodsboro Link Road and Loop Road 1.’
Comparing like with like
To put the proposed Adamstown temporary car park of 2,900 spaces into perspective, here are the number of spaces available at the major Dublin shopping car parks. (Figures obtained from the Irish Car parking sector Market report 2010)
Blanchardstown = 7,000 spaces
Liffey Valley = 3,500 spaces
The Square, Tallaght = 2,500 spaces
Dundrum Shopping Centre = 3,500 spaces
The proposed car park will take up an area of 8.4 hecatres (21 acres) to give you a comparison Stephens Green covers a similar area. It is shocking when you compare this proposal to alongside the major shopping centre car parks. All these centres were designed in close proximity to the M50 with feeder routes and a traffic management plan to cater for peak volumes.
Gridlock and safety concerns
This proposal plans to drop a shopping centre sized car park into an existing community, the results will be gridlock for not just the residents of Adamstown but the entire Lucan area. The proposed car park is situated close to 3 schools in Adamstown and represents an increased risk to the safety of children in that area. Tandy’s lane and the Dodsboro cannot deal with any increase to traffic in that area. It took over 15 years to sort out grid lock in greater Lucan area This proposal presents no benefits for Adamstown/Lucan what so ever – it’s not a case of NIMBY (not in my back yard) the location for this a park and ride is entirely the wrong its based on revenue only. It’s yet another example that the developers have given up on the master plan for Adamstown and having no consideration for those who bought into the vision of Adamstown. It only purpose is to generate a revenue stream on the Adamstown lands, what’s next a compound for a waste facility or maybe a truck depot?
This car park never was part of any SDZ plan so why is this application being made? in fact it appears the SDZ has become more like a la carte menu for the developers to cherry pick and even add in new items as they desire. Maybe your local councillors and TD’s can shed some light? This monster car park is detrimental to Adamstown and the wider community of Lucan and should be stopped.
The Adamstown model was a good one and still is, the reason it stalled was because the market crashed and indications are it is slowly recovering so stop tinkering with the original plan.