‘Where is family life going to be in Tallaght?’

By Aideen O'Flaherty

A COMMUNITY meeting about the Tallaght Local Area Plan (LAP) was held in the Glashaus Hotel last Monday evening, where people were encouraged to make submissions on the plans.

The Public Participation Network held the meeting so the attendees could hear about the LAP, which is currently at the public consultation stage, from a community perspective.

Village Main St compressor

Main Street in Tallaght village

The LAP outlines the proposed vision for the Tallaght area over a six-year period, from 2020 to 2026, however, the full roll-out of the ideas in the plan is expected to come to fruition over a longer period of 20 years.

Locations in central Tallaght have been split into eight different neighbourhoods, namely the Centre (The Square and surrounding areas), Cookstown, the Village, Broomhill, Greenhills, TUD-Tallaght Campus, Whitestown and the Town Park (Sean Walsh Park, Tallaght Stadium), for the purposes of the draft plan.

According to the council, the purpose of the LAP is to provide a “strategic framework for the sustainable development” of Tallaght Town Centre.

At Monday’s meeting, Gerry Stockil from Tallaght Community Council (TCC) gave a talk where he presented a community view of the proposed LAP, and called on citizens to get involved in the process by making submissions on the plans.

Mr Stockil told The Echo: “We simply want people to make submissions. Some of the material alterations [in the plans] are detrimental to Tallaght.

“Some of the plans will make Tallaght even denser than London, but we don’t have an underground [train system].

“We’re also concerned about apartments being developed in industrial estates – where are jobs going to go? Where is the balance?”

Mr Stockil also said that he has concerns about a large number of developments in the area containing one-bed apartments, and he asked: “Where is family life going to be in Tallaght?”

 At the meeting, Mr Stockil outlined a number of issues that TCC has with the draft plans, including reservations over the building heights of proposed developments in the county, and the impact of increased population density in Tallaght as a result of residential developments.

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