FAQ

What is the objective of this project?

The objective of the project is to deliver new homes and supporting community amenities.

The project represents an opportunity to transform this inward-looking, closed off site into a new, welcoming, sustainable urban community with a distinctive identity which will be integrated into the wider community of Dundrum.

It is estimated that in the region of 1,300 new homes will be provided with supporting community amenities. The planned development is to consist of newly built homes in the grounds of Central Mental Hospital (CMH) and the repurposing of key heritage buildings. This is particularly the buildings which are distinctive in their character and heritage and exploring how they can be beneficially reused.  Connectivity and community integration will be important outcomes for the new neighbourhood.

What is the masterplan?

The masterplan will be a blueprint for the delivery of a high-quality residential environment on these lands.  The masterplan process involves an inclusive and integrated approach to formulating a successful design for the subject lands, guiding their integration with their environs. This concept design stage precedes the masterplan stage, and the feedback received from this stage will help to inform the masterplan.

The LDA and Design Team will continue to engage extensively with the community and relevant stakeholders – issues to be addressed and opportunities for creative solutions will inform the direction of the overall project.

The LDA design approach aims to be inclusive and responsive to the unique local context, and the key opportunity that the site presents for a distinct and integrated urban community in Dundrum.

The masterplan design ethos is underpinned by the following themes:

  • Climate Commitment: Shaping our developments to be environmentally sustainable.
  • Balanced: Quality designs and delivery methodologies to achieve value for money and enhance quality of life for the residents and wider community
  • Specific: Achieving character, a sense of place, connection; and distinctiveness
  • Forward Thinking: Taking a long-term focus, integrating adaptability and innovation.

What is the timeline for the project?

The initial concept designs are being consulted on until 28th February 2021. Following this, feedback received will be collated and considered and the designs will be developed up into a draft masterplan in the coming months. A further stage of consultation will be undertaken on the Materplan. Following this stage, a planning application will be prepared and submitted for decision estimated timescale is mid-2021. Subject to An Bord Pleanála approval, construction is expected to commence in 2022 with the first units expected to be made available later in 2023.

How will the project be developed?

The project will be implemented in line with relevant planning approvals and as required under the direction of the Land Development Agency. There will be ongoing engagement with the community regarding timing and progress during the delivery phase.

Will the local community be consulted?

Community engagement and public consultation is important to help ensure that the views of the local community can be considered as we progress the design process for this key site.

We believe the project will be strengthened by seeking the experience and views of the local community.  We are providing opportunities at key stages in line with our Community and Stakeholder Engagement Plan to seek your views as we progress the designs and plans for this landmark scheme. This includes virtual exhibitions and webinars and meetings where relevant, to engage and listen to the views of stakeholders.

More information is available in the Community and Stakeholder Engagement Plan about the key stages for engagement and updates will be provided on this website.

How can I get involved?

There is a comprehensive engagement process for the Dundrum Central project which provides a series of opportunities at key stages for people to get involved. At these key stages, feedback is sought from the design team as they are develop up the designs prior to finalising these for the planning application stage.

The engagement phases, started with listening and gathering information during the autumn 2020, and now we are at the outlining initial concepts stage and feedback is welcome via email or indeed the survey which you can fill out in the virtual room up to end February.  After considering views on this stage, we will return with a more detailed masterplan, and update you on how the feedback was considered in the design approach.  Again, you will have the chance to feedback on this.

Following this, we will complete our designs and make an application for planning permission.  There will be an opportunity for interested parties to make observations as part of the statutory process at this point.  Observations will be considered by the decision-making authority in making their decision on the planning application.

While Covid 19 has severely challenged the possibility of holding physical consultation events,  we have been holding virtual events, meetings and calls as well as our initial leaflet drop.  We appreciate and have been very encouraged with the engagement and interest in the project to date.

The LDA has a Community Liaison Officer to support and engage, and at any stage of the consultation, you can send us your thoughts or suggestions in relation to the project. We welcome all feedback through our community engagement portal on the website and virtual room, but we also welcome feedback through email or post to the details below.

We will regularly update stakeholders, using a variety of communications including, public notices, media, the project website, and direct contact.  If you would like to sign up to receive updates on the project via text or email, please go here.

What is being done to preserve the history and heritage of the site?

The CMH site is a landmark site with important heritage and history and is being treated with the sensitivity it deserves.  We are working with heritage and cultural experts to ensure that the legacy and archive of this unique campus can be preserved in an appropriate way.  Specific advice will be taken from close work with the OPW and The National Archives on these matters.

We are specifically looking for people with a connection to the site to engage with the consultation process, to discuss how the history the culture and the heritage of the site could be acknowledged and integrated in the new development.

Will there be access for community to spaces and venues within the site?

The CMH site has long been closed off from the public, and our aim with this development is to open this landmark site up and integrate it within the local community and provide supporting community and recreational facilities. There are a number of heritage buildings which are being examined for adaptive reuse along with new build proposed in the design for community use. There are also a number of public spaces, gardens and community friendly spaces in the design to encourage integration and a vibrant and diverse living space for all.

How are the biodiversity and environmental elements of the site being considered?

Environmental sustainability is a key objective of the LDA to support with delivering sustainable communities. In all areas, care and consideration of the environment, sustainable development of the site and integration with the landscape to enhance and optimise biodiversity and sustainability is a core part of the design. The emerging concept designs demonstrate that sustainability is an integral part of our proposals, from adaptive reuse of the key heritage buildings to environmental corridors, garden and woodland protection and new green spaces.

How is the effect on access and transport being addressed?

The Dundrum site is in a location that enables people to travel by sustainable and active means of travel. Sustainability and encouraging the use of public transport is to be a key feature of the development. Cycle paths and new pedestrian routes are being proposed to enhance connectivity.

The site is located close to frequent Bus Routes and Windy Arbour Luas Stop (Green Line) is 450 metres approx. to the west.

Are any proposals for the external Wall for the Dundrum site?

As a means of increasing connectivity and permeability to the site, it is envisaged that new openings in the wall will be proposed at appropriate locations. There will be no new openings / lowering to the wall where it is bounded by private residences.

Questions on Development Concept - Open Space, Height & Density

The project concept proposals aim to develop the Dundrum Central [i]site sensitively, balancing the aims for development of a new sustainable urban neighbourhood and integrating with the mature landscape to provide high quality multi-functional and attractive open space.

Over 25% of the site is proposed to be provided for open space, and the aim is to sensitively develop and optimise the site and landscape setting to achieve high quality compact sustainable development. The concept designs are considerate of the setting and surrounding neighbourhood. A variety of housing typologies are proposed to respect and integrate with the surrounding community and will be designed to avoid overlooking. Taller buildings are proposed at the centre of the site, and buildings that are closer to the site boundary are proposed to be circa 2- 4 storey height. The concept proposals have regard to national planning policy objectives, to achieve compact urban growth, with approximately 1,300 homes with supporting community and recreational amenities. The proposed density currently equates to approx. 115 homes to the hectare.

The concept design seeks to develop the landscape sensitively to achieve compact and sustainable urban growth and align with key aims of national planning policy where increased building height is a significant component in making optimal use of the capacity of sites in urban locations where transport, employment, services, or retail development can achieve a requisite level of intensity for sustainability.

This project is at concept design stage, and feedback from the consultation and stakeholder engagement will be considered as we progress more detailed design. The designs will also be informed by detailed assessment including surveys and daylight, sunlight, and visual assessment studies.

[i] ‘Dundrum Central’ is a working title for the project at this design stage only.

 

Questions on Travel, Car Parking and Local Infrastructure

The Dundrum central site is being designed with sustainability at its core. It is in an area that can support and promote more travel by sustainable and active means of travel into the future. Sustainability and encouraging the use of public transport is to be a key feature of the designs for the development. The site is located close to frequent Bus Routes and Windy Arbour Luas Stop (Green Line) is 450 meters approx. to the west.

It is understood that a number of public transport infrastructure improvements are planned for this area: including the Luas line upgrade to cater for 30% increase in capacity and Bus Connects improvements are being planned for later this year.

The concept proposals provide for in the order of 430 -450 car parking spaces for the future residents and will include flexible car hire /car sharing options as well as access to sustainable travel alternatives. Car parking is proposed to be in a podium arrangement (landscaped deck over ground) in each residential block. There will be some car parking provision for ancillary uses, visitors and maintenance.  Pedestrian and cyclists are prioritised with high quality and permeable links a key feature to encourage greater levels of walking and cycling.

The project which is at concept design stage aims to open parts of the walled environment to the surrounding neighbourhoods, to integrate where practicable facilitated by new movement and access links.  These are set out in the Virtual Room under Community/ Access and Movement section.  The design intent is to discourage traffic moving through the site and open spaces and to reduce the impact of the car on the development. The scheme will comply with DMURS and will be designed to reduce traffic speeds and movement with the use of shared spaces, home zones and bollards to restrict through movement

It is also worth noting that the Dundrum central project will be a phased development in terms of construction which will reduce the immediate impact on the transport infrastructure. A Traffic Management Plan will be developed at the next stage of the project which will provide more information on the plan for traffic management.

How much land is available for development?

The overall site is 11.3 hectares. The project represents an opportunity to transform this inward-looking, closed off site into a new, welcoming, sustainable urban community with a distinctive identity which will be integrated into the wider community of Dundrum. Over 25% of the site is proposed to be provided for open space, and the aim is to sensitively develop and optimise the site and landscape setting to achieve high quality compact sustainable development.  It is estimated that in the region of 1,300 new homes will be provided with supporting community amenities. The planned development is to consist of newly built homes in the grounds of Central Mental Hospital (CMH) and the repurposing of key heritage buildings. This is particularly the buildings which are distinctive in their character and heritage and exploring how they can be beneficially reused. Connectivity and community integration will be important outcomes for the new neighbourhood.

What housing is proposed, and will it include social and affordable housing?

The Land Development Agency (LDA) has been created to coordinate land within State control for more optimal uses where appropriate, with a focus on the  provision of housing. The LDA is seeking to optimise this landmark site which is within state control to develop a compact and sustainable community with a particular focus on delivering low carbon and affordable housing. it is intended to build in the region of 1,300 homes on the site. This new sustainable urban neighbourhood will be designed to be inclusive and provide for a variety of housing typologies and tenure offering sustainable and affordable housing choice in accordance with the Government’s emerging housing policy.