ADDITIONAL INFORMATION is being sought by Fingal planners regarding the construction of a new distributor road to the west of Swords, which will access undeveloped lands earmarked for major house building.
The road, which will join the Rathbeale Road further west of the Glen Ellen junction, will link the future school site at Mooretown and open up the lands for phased development in the future. The application by Gannon Properties is seeking to build a new 800-metre carriageway, and will incorporate footpaths as well as cycle paths. Three objections relating to the proposal were lodged by residents of the Rathbeale Road who have expressed concern about the need for such a road in the current economic climate. They also believe that its part construction will lead to a deadend which will give rise to antisocial behaviour, trespassing, dumping and joy riding in the area. Residents also believe that its junction with the Rathbeale Road would be located at a dangerous curved section of the road, which runs from Swords to Ashbourne. In its initial assessment of the application, Fingal planners believed that it is 'in accordance' with the Development Plan policies and the objectives of the Local Area Plans. 'It is considered that the proposed development will open the Mooretown LAP lands for phase development in accordance with LAP objectives and will provide specific access to the proposed Mooretown school site, which is required by the Department of Education.' 'However, there are outstanding issues relating to water services arrangements, archaeology, phasing of development, visibility sightlines and details regarding proposed tree pit construction which required further information,' the planners report stated. In relation to the archaeology of the site, Gannon Properties have been required to submit an impact assessment on the potential impact, if any, on the archeological remains in the area. They have been requested to use the services of a suitably qualified archeologist to prepare the report, which should also address possible mitigation measures on the site.