Investment in community facilities and infrastructure must accompany any development in Lusk, says local councilor

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Community facilities and infrastructure must be built in tandem with any new housing development in Lusk, a local councilor has said.

llr Robert O’Donogue (LAB) was talking about a 312 unit Strategic Housing Development (SHD) scheme for land north of Minister’s Rd in Regles townland, Lusk, Co Dublin.

An SHD application was filed on March 28, 2022 for a 312-unit housing estate, ranging in height from two to three stories, in a mix of detached, semi-detached, semi-detached and apartment buildings.

Speaking at the council meeting, Cllr O’Donoghue said the biggest concern for any new development was that facilities and infrastructure be built in tandem with any construction.

In SHD’s plans for Lusk, he said, there was mention of a community facility to be provided in an open space.

The aim at the time, he said, was to develop a 300m2 facility alongside this development.

If not, he said, “at the very least,” there should be a financial contribution from the developer that would be earmarked for future community facilities in Lusk.

Cllr O’Donoghue also noted that there is no provision in the plans for cycle access to Minister’s Road, and also no footpath between Minister’s Road and the R132.

The Labor Party adviser said he would also like to see the area taken care of in a phased manner.

According to Cllr O’Donoghue, the local GAA club is located to the east of the proposed development.

The club, he said, would appreciate if the developer could engage with them to determine the boundary between the club grounds and the development.

This would allow the border to be designated “concretely” so that no problems arise in the future, he said.

He also proposed that a more “secure” boundary be installed and suggested a wall two meters high.

Echoing what Cllr O’Donoghue said, Cllr Paul Mulville (SD) said frontloading community infrastructure provision is “absolutely vital” for a new community to “thrive”.

The provision of safe links for cyclists and pedestrians should be made on the minister’s path, he said.

Cllr Mulville said it was important to ensure this new development was “fully integrated with the rest of the city”.

In terms of rental housing and affordable housing for first-time buyers, having access to these new homes was “absolutely vital”, he said.

Cllr Cathal Boland (NP) said the upgrading of Minister’s Road is ‘imperative’ to allow this development to continue, and it would be ‘regrettable’ if it is not undertaken.

Cllr Boland noted the proposed nursery and said he hadn’t noticed any drop off points for parents bringing their children to nursery.

He also noted that there is no connectivity with the station and cycle routes to the station would need to be addressed.

The independent adviser questioned whether the three-storey buildings will face Minister’s Road instead of the two-storey, which he said would create a better “ambience”.

A Chief Executive’s report will now be compiled detailing councilors’ submissions and forwarded to An Bord Pleanála for review.

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