Information sought for shopping centre plans
By Laura Lyne
A POTENTIAL development for a leisure arena which includes an ice rink and a shopping centre extension at undeveloped lands at the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre have been temporarily thawed, as South Dublin County Council requested additional information on the planning application.
The application, which was submitted by shopping centre owners Hines Real Estate, is for the development of the leisure arena, a two to three storey extension to the shopping centre, a public plaza and a multi-storey car park.
The application was met with support from several ice sport organisations around the country, who welcomed the proposal to develop an ice rink that could be used for international competition – a facility that is currently unavailable in the Republic of Ireland.
It was also met with a number of observations and objections, which included concerns about traffic congestion, the need for a community space within the area and the impact the development would have on the local climate.
The concerns are related to traffic, transport, car parking and access to the site, with additional information requested on the traffic levels in the area, the impact the development would have on the nearby N4 and M50 and the movement of traffic.
Details of control of parking via a paid parking system were also requested, along with details on the cycle infrastructure and a possible shuttle bus to serve the area.
Further information about the hours of operation on the site has been requested, as well as an updated landscape plan, a revised ecological survey taken at a more appropriate time of year and an energy analysis of the proposed development.
Additional information relating to the water supply and drainage for the site is also requested.
The request for additional information was granted on March 23, with the applicant, Hines Real Estate, required to submit the information within six months, or the application will be considered withdrawn.