Public consultation on draft Dublin Airport Local Area Plan

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Fingal County Council is holding a public consultation process on a new draft Dublin Airport Local Area Plan (LAP) and a proposed Variation to the Fingal County Development Plan 2017 – 2023.

A presentation on the draft Dublin Airport LAP and Variation No.1 was given at the monthly Fingal County Council meeting in July and councillors it will be published for consultation in mid August. A number of information meetings will also be held as part of that process.

The current Fingal Development Plan requires a LAP for the Airport to provide a detailed planning framework for Dublin Airport and its environs. The draft LAP will focus on Sustainable Growth & Development, Surface Transport Access, Sustainability & Environment, and Strategic Flood Risk Assessment. It also considers future development of the airport in the context of the local communities in the vicinity. Ultimately the plan will provide the policy context against which all future development proposals at the airport will be assessed.

The draft LAP has been prepared in line with the objectives of the Fingal Development Plan, relevant national and regional guidelines and the transport strategy of the National Transport Authority.

The requirement for the proposed Variation arises given the need for the LAP to be consistent with the objectives of the Development Plan and includes an updating of the existing noise contours shown in the Fingal Development Plan to reflect current day methodology and forecasts and an update of the rural housing policy as it relates to certain communities located in the inner noise zone.

Chief Executive AnnMarie Farrelly said: “As the statutory planning authority for the airport, Fingal County Council is responsible for the delivery of a land use planning framework with associated policies and objectives relating to the future development of Dublin Airport and its environs. We are required under the Development Plan to review and update the existing LAP and this is the next stage in that process.

“It is an important function of Fingal County Council that we implement effective land use in the area and the new LAP will ensure proper planning controls are maintained.”

Director of Planning and Strategic Infrastructure Matthew McAleese said: “We expect that we will be in a position to publish both the draft LAP and Variation for consultation in mid August. It is also planned to hold a number of information meetings and I would encourage all stakeholders and residents to get involved in that process and make their views known.”

Separately, Fingal County Council was designated the Competent Authority for the regulation of Aircraft Noise at Dublin Airport on June 14 2019 and preparations are currently underway to establish the Authority.

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