Cllr Oisín O'Connor

Green Party Councillor for Glencullen-Sandyford, including Ballinteer, Stepaside, Kilternan, Leopardstown, Ballyogan & Glenamuck

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown’s Planning team have released a draft of the Dundrum Local Area Plan and a public consultation runs from 8th June to 21st July. Full details are available on the council’s website here. The below video explains really well what the Dundrum LAP is all about:

Informative video on the Dundrum Local Area Plan from the Planning team in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

Opportunities to engage

You can view and download a copy of the plans online here.

You can visit Dún Laoghaire County Hall or the Dundrum Local Area Office to read a physical copy of the plans.

The Draft Dundrum LAP on physical display in Dundrum council offices

There will also be two days where staff from the Planning team who have worked on the Draft LAP will be in the Dundrum office to answer any of your questions and hear your feedback:

  • Tuesday 27th June 10.30am – 12.30pm, and 2pm – 4pm
  • Thursday 6th July 4pm – 8pm.

You can make a submission on the Draft Dundrum LAP here.

Frequently Asked Questions

According to the Office of the Planning Regulator:

LAPs provide more detailed planning policies for areas where significant development and change is anticipated. They set out objectives for the proper planning and sustainable development of a specific area. LAPs must also be consistent with their corresponding county development plans.

Specifically, LAPs identify and analyse issues such as;

  • Population and housing targets,
  • Land-zoning and infrastructure,
  • Local transport,
  • Local road networks,
  • Flood risk management, and
  • Population growth.

You can read more about LAPs here.

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There are over 350 Local Area Plans in towns, villages and rural areas across Ireland going back many years. It’s perfectly normal for a place like Dundrum to have an LAP. The process started back in 2018.

When it comes to Planning, the council sets out a coherent plan for the area. Private landowners may or may not put in planning applications for development in the area. If/when they do, the council planners assess those applications to check the proposed development complies with the LAP.

You can make a submission here. I would encourage you to read even the summary of the plan before making a submission. There is a lot of misinformation floating around about the LAP from people who seem intent on whipping up fear about non-existent things. Submissions that are made that are not relevant to the LAP just won’t achieve anything.

After the public consultation closes on the 21st July:

  1. The Planning team take 6 weeks to review submissions and write up a report on the issues raised. The report will include recommendations on what changes, if any, to be made to the LAP on the basis of relevant submissions received. Councillors receive the report and it gets published publicly too.
  2. Councillors then have a chance to ask questions of the Planning team and propose amendments. Amendments must be agreed by a majority of councillors. This will happen in mid-September.
  3. After all amendments are made and approved, in the first week of October, councillors will be asked to approve or reject the LAP. If approved, then it has legal effect and must be taken into account in all plannig decisions from that day onward.
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If you have an interest in Dundrum and the surrounding areas, your views are absolutely welcomed. The proposals in the LAP will have a far-reaching effect in the area extending as far south as Ballinteer, Rathfarnham, Balally and Sandyford.

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