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Tiny Dublin hamlet set to become a big town

Ambitious plans to create a new village centre in Kilternan have been given the go-ahead by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

The new development will see the construction of a primary village centre around a new village green in the town for businesses and community services to cluster around.

The move is seen as a step forward for the Dublin mountains area, which doesn't have a core town centre at the moment.

The plan, which promises to keep as much of Kilternan's natural rural features as possible, will see the construction of several commercial and residential buildings, in addition to a car park.

Presentation

The new centre will be built around Kilternan Village Main Street.

The area will have a 0.5 hectare village green, similar to Sandymount Green.

The development will also provide for a smaller number of buildings on the Enniskerry and Glenamuck roads, including a commercial centre, terraced housing and a two-metre-high stone wall.

In a presentation to councillors at Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, the council's senior executive architect, Bob Hannon, said: "We've taken into account that Kilternan is a very special place and of great cultural significance. The plan promises to be sympathetic to the history of the area."

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