Plan promises to protect and enhance qualities of the area

By Mary Dennehy

EXPANDING local services and supporting the evening economy in the village area are among the key objectives proposed in the Draft Tallaght Town Centre Local Area Plan (LAP).

The draft plan focus purely on Tallaght Town Centre, which consists of eight ‘neighbourhood areas’.

Village Main St compressor

Aerial view of Tallaght

These include the Centre (The Square and surrounding areas), Cookstown, the village, Broomhill, Greenhills, TUD Tallaght campus, Whitestown and the town park (Sean Walsh Park, Tallaght Stadium).

This week, The Echo takes a look at the proposals for the village area within the plan’s statutory six-year time-frame.

However, the full build-out of the plan for all areas is envisaged over a longer period of 20 years.

According to the proposed plan, the vision for Tallaght’s village area hopes to “consolidate existing mixed use residential neighbourhood within a high-quality place of intimate scale and character”.

Among its key objectives for the village, South Dublin County Council hopes to develop the ‘tourism potential of the historic village’.

The provision/upgrading of dedicated cycling facilities on green infrastructure route and secondary streets is also included, alongside improving local permeability through the development of new routes for pedestrians and cyclists.

The plan also proposes to ‘protect and enhance’ the setting of protected structures and qualities of the Tallaght Village Architectural Conservation Area (ACA).

In relation to the former Esso site, the council said: “Given the prominent location of an existing vacant site located at the junction of Greenhills Road and Main Street, it is desirable that any future development of this site incorporates a high quality of public realm and should contribute to the public open space provision in the village or incorporate cultural or community functions.”

In relation to land use, the draft plan proposes a mix of uses for the village area including retail, local walk-to services and residential.

The council states within the draft plan how it hopes to expand local services and encourage uses that support the evening economy in the area. The number of dwellings that could be built within the village area as part of the plan is estimated at between 106 and 142.

The draft plan is available to read online at http://consult.sdublincoco.ie.

The draft plan has been open to submissions and observations since September 12.

Submissions on the proposed plan closed last Thursday, October 24. 

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