Phibsborough update

12th February, 2015


The Dublin City Development Plan 2011 – 2017 contained an objective to identify and designate areas of architectural conservation across the city. As part of that process, the Planning Department brought reports to the Central Area Committee of local Councillors this month, and last, for the establishment of Architectural Conservation Areas (ACA)  in Great Western Square and environs, as well as the centre of Phibsborough. The second Architectural Conservation Area relates to the stretch of the North Circular Road from the St. Peter’s Church junction as far as the junction with Berkeley Road. The purpose of these Architectural Conservation Areas is to put in place the legal basis for the preservation and enhancement of the architectural heritage of Phibsborough. Once it has been fully approved by the City Council, all future planning applications will have to comply with the guidelines in order for planning permission to be considered.


My colleague, Councillor Ray McAdam, spoke in favour of the proposed designations and called on the City Council to ensure that the revised Local Area Plan contains environmental improvement works so that the historic kerbing and paving within Phibsborough is protected and retained. Councillor McAdam has also confirmed that the Draft Reports will shortly go on public display and a period of consultation will be undertaken. Officials in the Planning Department envisage that the consultation process for both ACA’s will take place in conjunction with the statutory consultation process for the Phibsborough & Mountjoy Local Area Plan.



Dublin City Council officials have now confirmed to myself and Councillor McAdam that the public consultation phase for the revised Local Area Plan will take place in April. The delay in advancing the consultation is due to on-going discussions with regards the future use of Dalymount Park. The City Council’s Planning Department feels that the retention of Dalymount as a football stadium or use for other sporting purposes would be a significant change to the Local Area Plan agreed in 2008. Therefore the Council Executive has determined that any revised plan to go on public display will incorporate such changes in advance of the consultation process beginning. Let me assure you that when the details about the consultation are finalised, myself and Councillor McAdam will make sure that you are provided with them in order to allow you the opportunity to have your say on the revised Area Plan.