Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Questions (234)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

237 Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will consider establishing a strategic development zone for the north fringe of Dublin City and south fringe of Fingal County to oversee the full remediation and completion of the district as a first class new urban region for the counties concerned; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the non-statutory North Fringe Forum urgently needs SDZ management status to strengthen its coordinating and invigilation role carried out since 2004; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35845/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government)

Specific responsibility for the planning and delivery of the North and South Fringe development rests, respectively, with Dublin City Council and Fingal County Council. Dublin City Council adopted its Dublin City Development Plan 2011-2017 and Fingal County Council adopted its Fingal Development Plan 2011-2017 both of which set out statutory objectives for the development of the North and South Fringe, respectively.

A North Fringe Cross-Authority Forum established in 2004 continues to monitor progress in the implementation of the North Fringe Framework Development. Meetings continue to be held on a cross-authority basis at which a wide range of issues relating to the planning and delivery of the North Fringe development are discussed and actions taken.

Furthermore, Dublin City Council recently published a draft Local Area Plan (LAP) for Clongriffin-Belmayne (North Fringe) which is currently on public consultation until 1 August 2012. I also understand that Fingal County Council intend to publish a draft LAP for Baldoyle-Stapolin and a draft LAP for Portmarnock South for public consultation later this year.

On the basis of the ongoing cooperation within the statutory framework of the existing development plans, and the proposed local area plans, I do not believe that a strategic development zone is a necessary vehicle to deliver on areas such as the North and South Fringe.