Dundrum Central Project Update

November 26. The Land Development Agency (LDA), set up by the Government to optimise use of State land for new homes, has today published a report summarising the results of a survey carried out during the first phase of consultation for the Dundrum Central project and outlined a timeline for the next phase of public engagement.

The 11.3-hectare Dundrum Central development is to be located on the site of the Dundrum Central Mental Hospital, which is moving location imminently. A planning application for the project is expected to be submitted in mid-2021 with construction to start in 2022, subject to planning approval.

The first phase of public engagement included a survey of homes within a 1km radius, over 5,000 homes. Community groups were contacted with support from Dun Laoghaire County Council, the Public Participation Network and the local area elected representatives in Dundrum. A Community Liaison Team has engaged with many of the resident’s associations and local groups using online meetings.

The first phase of engagement saw significant feedback from the public with over 500 responses to a survey seeking views on the proposals, vision, needs and opportunities. This represented a significant uplift to the pre-survey target.

The survey responses showed strong support in the community for opening up the site that has been closed off for 170 years. Some of the key themes that were raised by local residents included; community amenities, housing types and tenures, linking the new and existing community, sustainability, community infrastructure and infrastructure for all age groups from young children to older people, housing types and tenures, connectivity – linking the new and existing community, sustainability, heritage, landscape and affordable housing.

Following the completion of this phase of consultation, the project design team is now progressing the Design Concept for the project. This involves creating and assessing a range of ideas, plans, sketches and concepts which will demonstrate how the project might develop. The feedback from the consultation is helping to shape this work.

We would expect to commence the next phase of consultation, based on the Design Concept, early in 2021. As part of this phase we intend to make available a Virtual Project Consultation Room which will allow people to review the potential project from the comfort and safety of their homes or on their mobile devices. Further details of this and other consultation events will be published in the New Year.

Barry Chambers, Project Lead with the Land Development Agency said:

“We would like to thank the people, community organisations and local representatives in the Dundrum area for their engagement with the consultation to date. It is clear, from the response rate to surveys and the direct engagements that we have had, that there is huge interest in this project.

We have been given significant food for thought in these early engagements and we will soon be in a position to move to the next step of asking people to engage with us to review broad concepts for the project.

The COVID 19 pandemic is changing the way we communicate, but we are determined that this project will have significant community input from start through to final design. This will ensure a project which will enhance the Dundrum region for existing residents and for those seeking much needed new homes.”

A third phase of consultation will take place later in the first quarter of 2021. This phase will examine the detailed Masterplan for the project.

Further details of the consultation and the project will be available online at – www.dundrumcentral.ie. The LDA has also appointed a Community Liaison Team, who will act as a key contact point for stakeholders in the local community.

ENDS

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Joe Heron 087 6909735

jheron@murraygroup.ie

About the Land Development Agency

The Land Development Agency (LDA) is a commercial, State-sponsored body that has been created to coordinate land within State control for more optimal uses where appropriate, with a focus on the provision of housing. The Government has committed to capitalising it with €1.25 billion following enactment of its grounding legislation. The LDA has a national focus and is currently active on a number of sites that will deliver over 4,000 homes

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September 03. The Land Development Agency (LDA), set up by the Government to optimise use of State land for new homes, has today launched the first phase of public engagement for the 11.3-hectare Dundrum Central development on the site of the Central Mental Hospital, which is moving location.  A new website for the project, dundrumcentral.ie, was also launched today.

A planning application for the project is expected to be submitted in mid-2021 with construction to start in 2022, subject to An Bord Pleanála approval.

The first phase of public engagement, which has commenced today, is aimed at gathering information from the local area.  The LDA has sent information and a survey to over 5,000 homes within a 1km radius of the development, seeking residents’ views, and further information is available on the website.

Following this initial step, it is intended to hold a series of public events to outline design concepts for the site in late 2020.  In early 2021, there will then be a subsequent series of events to discuss the detailed masterplan for the development.  The listening and consultation elements of the project, which will take place over eight to ten months, will help to shape the final design, so that communities and stakeholders can have their say. 

The nature of the consultation will be shaped by the prevailing public health advice in relation to Covid 19.

Barry Chambers, Project Lead with the Land Development Agency said:

“Today marks another step forward in our plans for Dundrum Central.  Commencing now and for the duration of the project, the LDA is reaching out to stakeholders to build on our understanding of the local community. It is imperative for the LDA that the community has its’ say in the design of the scheme.  

“This is an important project for the development of Dundrum.  In addition to the potential to deliver around 1,200 new homes, this site offers an opportunity to strengthen the community infrastructure for existing residents and organisations.

“The site also includes some important heritage aspects. The grounds and buildings at Dundrum Central have been hidden from sight for nearly two centuries.   This offers great opportunity in terms of unlocking a beautiful space, but it creates limitations on how much of the site we will ultimately be able to use.  That envelope for development will emerge through the consultation phase. By engaging early and over a long period with the community, we are confident of developing a project which will enhance the Dundrum region both for existing residents and for those seeking much needed new homes.”

As part of this community consultation, the LDA has launched a new website – www.dundrumcentral.ie. The website carries details of the project and an initial survey for people to complete. The LDA has also appointed a Community Liaison Team, who will act as a key contact point for stakeholders in the local community. 

ENDS

Media Contacts

Joe Heron                            087 690 9735

About The Land Development Agency

The Land Development Agency (LDA) is a commercial, State-sponsored body that has been created to coordinate land within State control for more optimal uses where appropriate, with a focus on the provision of housing. The Government has committed to capitalising it with €1.25 billion following enactment of its grounding legislation. The LDA has a national focus and is currently active on a number of sites that will deliver over 4,000 homes