Dublin City Council is proposing a number of strategic planning changes in its most recent proposals: “Dublin City Development Plan 2022-2228”. Unlike most European cities, Dublin has grown outwards rather than upwards. This is set to change as the Council envisages 4 major high-density developments between 2022 and 2228. The “urban villages”, as they are referred to, would comprise an average of 17,000 homes, (mostly apartments), and would comply with the “15 minute neighbourhood principle”, wherein you would access your job, shopping, sporting and entertainment facilities, etc. within a 15 minute walk or cycle. For this reason, the following sites have been earmarked: The Dublin Industrial Estate near Glasnevin cemetery; Jamestown Business Park in Finglas; the Malahide Road Industrial Park in Coolock; industrial lands close to Kylemore Road, Park West Road as well as the Inchicore railway.
Another advantage of the high density-developments is that it tackles the housing shortage crisis more sustainably than the consequences associated with urban sprawl.
Under the proposals, the retail sector in the city centre would change dramatically as there would be fewer cars in circulation. Although they won’t be banned outright, improvements to infrastructure will see the natural preference being given to public transport, cycling and walking. More priority would be given to cultural spaces, restaurants and residential.
The plan is available on: dublincitydevelopmentplan.ie, with the closing date for contributions being the 25th of February. There will also be online public information meetings on the 25th and 26th of January.