Tuesday, 29 January 2019

New Bus Connects Proposals - Public Meeting This Saturday

The following has been notified to us by Councillor Anne Feeney


New Bus Corridors Proposal 
How will this affect You? 

Saturday 2nd February 2019 (11.30am – 1pm) 
St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, Beechlawn Way, Terenure. 

This week the National Transport Authority (NTA) announced Phase 2 of the Bus Corridor Project. Councillor Anne Feeney is hosting a Public Meeting to give people an opportunity to hear a short presentation on the proposals and to discuss the impact for our area.

Rathfarnham to City Centre 
Tallaght to Terenure 
Kimmage to City Centre 

Many residents are extremely concerned about these proposals, particularly the restrictions to cars on the main thoroughfares to the city and the consequent likelihood of many local residential roads being turned into “rat-runs” by the traffic diverted from main roads. There are also concerns about the extensive property compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) on roads such as Lower Kimmage Road, Terenure Road East, Rathgar Road and Rathfarnham Road.

Information on the Bus Corridors and the NTA’s consultation process can now be viewed on www.busconnects.ie.

(Please note the early start time which will allow us to finish up well before the big match at 4.45pm)

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Planning Application for 6 Storey Block in Terenure - Notes for Making an Observation

As you will be aware, a block of 55 build to let (BTL) apartments is proposed for the site at the corner of Templeogue Road and Terenure Road West, currently occupied by Bill Sheehan Motors. There will be 40 one bedroom and 15 two-bedroom apartments. The building will also have three shops and 37 underground car parking spaces.

While it is an obvious site for development, we have serious concerns about the current proposal. We feel that because of its bulk, height, design, position and proposed usage, it is inappropriate for this site.

Full details can be obtained from the Dublin City Council website, planning reference 4702/18. At a public meeting last Sunday attended by well over 100, all speakers had serious reservations about the proposal. This meeting was organized by Cllr. Mary Freehill.

The Terenure Residents’ Association intends to submit an objection. If you agree with our assessment, you might like to consider sending one in yourself. It should be addressed to:

The Executive Manager, Planning Department, Dublin City Council, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, 

and quote above reference number. Submissions must be accompanied by a fee of €20. Submissions can be made on line from the page the reference number will pull up, or by post. Last day for the Council to receive submissions is Friday 1st February.

We have been asked to circulate a list of bullet points, most of which were made at the above meeting. Some of these may be useful in making a submission.

• Height of building (6 storeys). Much higher than surrounding buildings
• Bulky, block like appearance.
• Overdevelopment of a small site
• Slab like design
• Built directly onto the narrow footpath, no setback, no pull in space for vehicles
• Domineering impact on that part of Templeogue Road, overlooking of properties
• Architecturally completely out of character with the 2 storey red brick buildings in Terenure Place and Terenure Village Centre. Totally out of proportion to all other buildings in the village
• Unsuitable intrusion into and damaging to the historic urban village ambience of Terenure.
• Because of its prominent location, this site needs a suitable landmark iconic development which will be a focal point in the village. This proposed development is no such thing,
• The remaining section of the old circle of houses that gave Terenure its old name “Roundtown” will be lost.
• Additional traffic
• Inadequate access for fire brigade to rear of building.
• Difficulties caused by vehicles entering and leaving the car park through heavy peak time traffic.
• There will be more than the 37 cars owned by tenants of the building. There is no available parking for extra cars on surrounding residential roads.
• The mix of 40 one bedroom and 15 two-bedroom units is unsuitable for Terenure which, with schools etc. is a good place for families. BTL. with consequent transient population, is unsuitable for an urban village such as Terenure
• A development in this location should cater for older people downsizing
• Is the concept sustainable in the long term?.
• With so many vacant shops id Terenure, do we need more?
• Allowing a building like this in such a location will set a bad precedent.

Should you wish to contact our Planning Officer Jim Dowling directly, you can email him at planning@terenureresidentsassociation.ie

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Public Information Meeting concerning Planning Application at Bill Sheehan Motors Site

The following has been notified to us by Councillor Mary Freehill:


REGARDING PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 4702/18 FOR A 6 STOREY APARTMENT BLOCK (21metres) to accommodate 55 apartments with underground parking for 37 cars exit on Templeogue Rd, ( Pedestrian entrance at 2-6 TERENURE Rd W)

Following on from my letter last week when I promised to help residents respond to this planning application. There is a tight time frame for residents to make observations to this application which must be made by 1st February; I have arranged a public information meeting

ON next Sunday 20th January 
TIME 1.00 p.m 
VENUE St. Joseph’s Parish Hall Terenure 

At this meeting Martin Lynch Architect will make a presentation on the technical aspects of this application to give you a deeper understanding of the implications for the area and to advise you on the technical grounds that you can make your observations.

When we Councillors reviewed our City Development Plan last year, we agreed a maximum height of 15 meters which was an increase from 13m previously. Our decision was overruled last December by Eoghan Murphy, Minister for Planning, Housing and Local Government, which now allows a more liberal approach and has lifted the cap on heights, therefore residents need to make technically strong submissions.

Yours sincerely


Wednesday, 16 January 2019

New Operator for the 17 Bus Service

Dublin Bus have announced that from Sunday 20 January various routes in Dublin, including the 17, will be operated by Go-Ahead Ireland.  This is in line with government policy on breaking the monopoly of Dublin Bus as the sole operator of bus services in Dublin. The 17 is the only service in our area which is transferring.

Fares will remain unchanged, and all leap cards and travel passes will continue to be valid.  Some route amendments and frequency improvements will be introduced shortly, no further details are available at present.

Monday, 14 January 2019

Proposed Development at Bill Sheehan Motors (formerly Rathdown Motors): 6 Storey block of 55 Flats

A planning application has been submitted for the site currently occupied by Bill Sheehan Motors (formerly Rathdown Motors) at the junction of Templeogue Road, Terenure Road West and Terenure Place.

In summary, the proposal is for the demolition of (both) commercial buildings on the site and construction of a "Build to Rent" residential apartment development comprising a six storey building accommodating 55 apartments, and (at ground level) 3 commercial units and a cafe.  Underground parking for 37 cars is also included, with vehicular access to the Templeogue Road.

Further details of this application can be seen on the Dublin City Council website here
(planning reference 4702/18).

The last date for submitting observations is 1st February.