THE way has been cleared for the development of a new town in south Dublin -- but Ikea will not be part of the scheme.
Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown county councillors have voted to approve a massive land bank in Cherrywood as a strategic development zone (SDZ).
Plans drawn up by the council would see businesses, homes and schools built on the 360-hectare site, eventually creating a new town and three villages.
But a request from Swedish furniture giant Ikea for retail warehousing on the development lands was not accepted.
Ikea had lobbied council planners for permission to locate a new store in Cherrywood. It had pointed to the benefits in terms of jobs and investment of the move.
But councillors decided against Ikea's submission.
The store told the Herald today it is committed to expanding in the Irish market and has been identifying sites in Dublin for a potential second store.
Independent councillor Victor Boyhan said the SDZ is "imaginative and optimistic" but ultimately market forces will "dictate the pace of development progress".
Councillors had the option of accepting the draft scheme, varying the plans or rejecting them.
They decided to accept the proposals but added 28 amendments.
The amended report was then unanimously approved. However, the amendments will have to be put out to public consultation before the final resolution is passed.
Ownership of the land bank is divided among a range of developers as well as the county council.
Dunloe Ewart -- formerly controlled by construction boss Liam Carroll -- is among the companies involved.