Tuesday 25 October 2016

Revamp plan for 'new town' Cherry Orchard

Clr.Daithi Doolin
Clr.Daithi Doolin

CHERRY Orchard and Park West are in line to become a "new town" under development proposals.

The area is in line for a new development plan, including a new main street and civic plaza, under proposals from Dublin City Council.

A 10-point plan has been devised for the locality which, if accepted, will guide future development of the area.

Plans devised for the locality in 2002 were stalled due to the economic downturn, and now the council has proposed developing infrastructure, including shops and public transport.

The leading principle in the plan is "to create a vibrant and sustainable new urban area with work, living and recreational opportunities, based around high-quality public transport nodes".

It also commits the council to "provide for an integrated public transport system, with bus and commuter rail as the main components".

The layout of the area will also be developed around two axial routes, if the plans are progressed.

One route will link the proposed rail station with Ballyfermot Road to the north and Park West Road to the south.

A main street at the intersection of the two axial routes will be developed, providing a safe and vibrant mixed-use environment and will include supermarket and other retail services.

Under the proposals, a new civic space will also be developed next to the main street.

The plans also suggest building two or three "place markers" - these would be mid-rise buildings built near the M50 or the railway station.

Plans will be mindful of the fact that the area has problems such as frequent anti-social activity, a lack of childcare and a lack of policing.

Local Sinn Fein Councillor Daithi Doolan welcomed the plan and said that he would be continuing to petition the council to prioritise Cherry Orchard.

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