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On ignoring access considered essential for integration of the DIT with the local community

Dear Editor,

I want to draw your attention to a blatant breach of a decision made by An Bord Pleanála regarding the new Dublin Institute of Technology Campus at Grangegorman. (Ref: 29Z. ZD. 2005) on 10th May 2012.

Pages 2 and 3 of the Board’s Direction (SZD2005.pdf) state:
“High quality, prominent accesses are required on the eastern and western boundaries of the new Quarter, at Constitution Hill and Prussia Street. These accesses are necessary to ensure that the new Quarter integrates successfully into the existing community, to waymark the campus, to provide permeability through the site and to ease undue pressure on the existing circulation network in the area. These accesses are considered essential to the successful implementation of the planning scheme. The opening up of these accesses prior to the occupation of the facilities by the DIT students is a prerequisite of the planning scheme.

Reason for modification: It is considered that the provision of a high quality access to the SDZ lands from the west is essential to the integration of the SDZ lands with the local community, as expressed in the Masterplan …”

Despite the clear direction by An Bord Pleanála, the Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA) have informed us that they intend to have the first 1,000 students relocate to Grangegorman in September 2014 without the access routes from Broadstone or Prussia Street in place. They have also claimed at various stages that this decision was with the consent of Dublin City Council (DCC) and An Bord Pleanala. Although, they have retracted the claim with respect to An Bord Pleanala subsequently.

Yours faithfully

Pirooz Daneshmandi,
Grangegorman Residents Alliance,
Rathdown Road, Dublin 7