Minister overrides Sallins Area Plan

The Minister for Planning and Housing, Simon Coveney TD, has rejected the considered opinion of all 9 Councillors in the Naas electoral area, along with over 2,000 supporting submissions from the Sallins community to reject the amenity option in the local area plan. The Sallins Local Area Plan had contained a provision to zone 40 acres of land at Bodenstown as Amenity along with 30 for housing, the package also included a site for a second school and common use playing fields and community centre. I actively supported this when I was on the council, in fact as Mayor I formally proposed it, and chaired the meetings where it was voted through over the course of the last year.

Coveney refuses Sallins amenities

The County Manager and now the Minister opposed this proposal from the start as their argument was about over-zoning. Everybody in Sallins understands the problems of over-zoning as we are living through it. Sallins went from 500 to 5,000 people in the last fifteen years with no accompanying increase in leisure amenities.

This plan offered a concrete proposal to actually deliver lands for those amenities and enjoyed massive local support. All parties and all Councillors supported it as well as the overwhelming majority of local residents and for the Minister to ignore this reality and strike it down is really riding roughshod over the clearly expressed will of the people in the area affected.

Here is the Minister’s Directive Letter and the Community_Facilities letter that came with it.

It is worth noting the Scout Den is still being delivered and the playground is still underway. The Bodenstown lands were easily the biggest block of zoning in this plan but those smaller parcels are still going ahead so at least some amenities got through.

You can see some of my previous posts on it here.

 

Sallins Bypass Maps

Here are a selection of maps from the Sallins bypass scheme. Details of the scheme can be found here. For ongoing information, please follow my Sallins bypass updates.

Sallins bypass proposed route, click to enlarge.

Detailed version of the Sallins bypass route, click to enlarge.

Higher resolution maps in PDF format can by downloaded here.

More Info on New Naas School

A few posts back, I outlined that a new school had been agreed for Naas and that work had recently commenced, at a Craddockstown location, opposite the nursing home on the Craddockstown road. A number of people had queries about this, so here are further details of the plan:

  • The school being built at Craddockstown road is to primary school specification.
  • The school will temporarily open as a Secondary School in September 2014.
  • It will begin enrolment one year at a time ; only first years will start in 2014.
  • A site for a secondary school at Millennium Park is being sourced in parallel.
  • Millennium Park is intended as the long term home of the new secondary school.
  • Once Millennium Park site is operational the secondary school will move there.
  • The Craddockstown site will then begin functioning as a regular primary school.
  • Campus will include turn-around and drop-off facilities for traffic management.
  • A new footpath and pedestrian crossing will be added along the road outside.

This all makes a lot of sense as the new school buildings will carry on, once the secondary moves across to Millennium Park, a new primary will function at Craddockstown instead.

You can apply to enrol for September 2014 already. You can do this by:

  • Downloading this form.
  • By calling into the VEC offices at Floor 5, Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas.
  • By phoning (045) 988000 and requesting an application form.