Report on Special Meeting of Castlelands Masterplan

January 24, 2020 0

A special meeting of the Castlelands Masterplan was convened on Wednesday 22nd in Fingal County council at the request of Cllr. Tony Murphy.  The motions on the agenda proposed by Cllr Murphy and seconded by Cllr Maguire. Three motions were taken in the meeting:

  1. To suspend the delivery of the Castlelands Masterplan until a variation of the Development plan has concluded.
  2. To reduce the heights, densities and number of housing units.
  3. To ask the new road infrastructure to be delivered prior to any housing development taking place

All motions were passed and agreed by the Local Area Committee.  The Draft Castlelands Masterplan will now be presented to Full Council on Monday 10th of February.

As motion #3 was agreed by management, the other two motions not agreed by management will be debated at full Council and risk being overturned at Full Council Meeting.

It is imperative that the people of Balbriggan challenge the Election Candidates on the Doors for their support in this meeting says Murphy.

Cllr. Murphy asked for a statement from the Land Development Agency, who are the proposed developers, to be read into the minutes.

Cllr Murphy said;

I will do my upmost to defend Balbriggan from inappropriate planning decisions and will call for all infrastructure deficits to be delivered.High rise is not appropriate for balbriggan

Land Development Agency (LDA) Statement;

The Land Development Agency (LDA) is fully committed to delivering a sustainable high quality new residential led development on the Castlelands lands together with the necessary supporting physical and social infrastructure.
Upfront delivery of core infrastructure will be key to the success of the development and the LDA’s delivery strategy will be anchored on such an approach.  Additionally, the LDA will proactively support Fingal County Council and the Department of Education and Skills to ensure the timely delivery of the planned community, recreational and education facilities for both existing and future residents.
The residential component of the development will be delivered on a phased basis and will incorporate a mix of home types that match the needs of future residents and will add diversity to the housing stock in Balbriggan.  A key objective will be the delivery of affordable homes and the tenure mix will include a mix of affordable, private and 10% statutory Part V social housing.

The proposed development will incorporate sustainable design principles.  The aim is to have a development that is a good place to live and is integrated with adjoining developments.
The LDA are currently in the process of appointing a design team for the development who will commence design work immediately.  Once preliminary design is complete the LDA will be in a position to commence the consultation process with the local community and the elected members of the Council and seek their valued feedback.  The LDA are fully committed to maintaining open lines of communication with the local community and the elected members throughout the life cycle of the development.

This Statement does not reflect the 1,000 plus submissions delivered from the people of Balbriggan, says Murphy

Full meeting is available for viewing here