Cllr Sarah Holland has raised questions with South Dublin County Council planners outlining some concerns she has over the possible future development of the almost 9 acres of land recently placed on the market by the Augustinians in Ballyboden. The prime development site has an asking price of €18m and is sure to be snapped up, considering the demand for housing in the popular suburb. Residents nearby are hoping that the planned primary care centre goes ahead, but have concerns about high density builds and the extra traffic volumes that will bring to the area.

Cllr Holland said “I raised my concerns during our last area committee meeting, and in writing to the Director of Land Use, Planning and Transportation. My main worry is that the expiry of the Ballyboden Village Plan means that there are no localised plans on development. For example, the old village plan outlined requirements on sensitivities to the nearby Carnegie library, densities and the necessity of developing in keeping with the semi-detached character of the immediate area. Second come concerns about the already heavy traffic – the area suffers from a dearth of public transport solutions, which were alleviated somewhat with the new 175 route but more needs to be done on existing infrastructure and transport solutions if our roads are to accommodate hundreds of new residents.

Finally, I know that local residents were sorry to see the boxing club and the pitch & putt close down. We need to be investing in amenities for these communities to replace what has been lost, and I hope that this can be negotiated once the lands are sold and planning is in.” Cllr Holland concluded “I’m all for sustainable community building. I love living here and know loads of people would like a chance to buy in this area. We need to make sure we develop in a sustainable way, in keeping with the character of the area.”