Stoneybatter Matters

23rd October, 2015


An application has been lodged with the Planning Department of Dublin City Council which seeks to develop the former Motor Valu site at 84 -87 Prussia Street. The applicant has sought permission for a mixed use residential student accommodation development with some retail facilities. It is proposed that all existing buildings and structures be demolished on the site. Three four storey blocks comprising 218 bed-spaces are proposed which will have balconies and outdoor terraces. Ancillary laundry rooms, store rooms, plant rooms, student relaxation / recreational rooms and student office rooms are also planned. The application also contains the provision of 11 car-parking spaces, 218 bicycle parking spaces as well as the provision of waste storage areas. Vehicular access will be via Prussia Street with controlled pedestrian access on St. Joseph’s Road and on Prussia Street. Anyone wishing to lodge an observation on the application must do so in writing on or before October 29th 2015. Councillor Ray McAdam and I can also arrange for a briefing for local residents with officials in the Planning Department of the City Council to outline the particulars of this planning application. If you would be interested in attending such a briefing, please let either myself or Councillor Ray McAdam know.



The Dublin City Development Plan contains the vision and overall strategy for future planning and sustainable development within the city over the next six years. The existing Development Plan expires next year and the City Council in currently preparing a new plan. Your City Councillors recently approved the draft plan for the consideration of the public. This consultation phase began on October 1st and will continue until Friday December 11th. During that time you will have the opportunity to have your say on issues from the maximum height of developments to the density of developments to the provision of educational, recreational and other facilities and amenities. One key inclusion in the draft Plan is the proposal for the development of a statutory based Local Area Plan for Stoneybatter which was put forward by Councillor Ray McAdam and was adopted by the Council. Such a plan would include indicative guidance on the type of development that would be

permitted on sites such as O’Devaney Gardens, the former Motor Valu site on Prussia Street among others. Further details of what is included in the draft Plan can be found at Both Councillor McAdam and I would be eager to get your views on the draft Plan so please email with your feedback.



The Public Domain Unit of Dublin City Council has been removing incidents of graffiti in various sites across the Stoneybatter district in the past number of weeks. The Council’s Corporate Contractor and the City Council’s Waste Management Services have removed graffiti in the Drumalee estate, Black Street, Fingal Place, Aughrim Lane, Ivar Street, Manor Place, Ross Street, Ashford Cottages and Ostman Place. If there are items of graffiti on your street or avenue, please get in touch with me and I will arrange for its removal.



The Parks Department of Dublin City Council has commenced work on the first phase of enhancing the Croppy Acre. This phase of the project will involve the installation of new perimeter paths around the park and the upgrading of the gate entrances to the Croppy Acre. Following the completion of these works, the Croppy Acre will then be opened as a public park.



The Traffic Department of Dublin City Council are currently considering a number of requests for traffic related measures on streets across Stoneybatter. Requests for the extension of the yellow box at the junction of Manor Street and Manor Place are currently the subject of site surveys by Traffic Engineers. No decision has yet been made with regards the suggestion that two pedestrian crossings be installed at the junction of Stoneybatter, North Brunswick Street and Arbour Hill Road nor has any recommendation been issued in respect to Pay & Display and permit parking on Arklow Street. The introduction of traffic calming measures at the entrance to Aberdeen Street and Sullivan Street from Infirmary Road has not been recommended by the Traffic Advisory Group. A report on this proposal is to be considered by your local Councillors this month. The installation of Double Yellow Lines in O’Devaney Gardens and along Aughrim Lane is also being considered by Traffic officials. If you have any questions or queries about these issues or any other traffic related matter, please email me at