Fingal Development Plan 2023-2029: Consultation Phase 1

The Seven Themes

Guiding Questions for a Skerries-Focused Submission

Based on the questions suggested by Fingal County Council.

Theme 1a: People and Place: Housing

  1. How should the new Fingal Development Plan promote compact growth within its settlements in line with national and regional guidance?
  2. Where should new housing be provided to accommodate demand without contributing to urban sprawl and ensuring cnosolidated sustainable growth?
  3. How should the Development Plan promote resilience (i.e. an ability to respond to change including Climate Change) in our urban and rural centres?
  4. What types of homes are required to meet future demand?
  5. How should the new Plan ensure housing choice for all residents?

Theme 1b: People and Place: Public Spaces / Facilities

  1. Which public spaces do you love and why? Especially in and around Skerries.
  2. What types of new public spaces should be provided in Skerries?
  3. How should the Development Plan ensure the provision of social and community infrastructure (e.g schools, creches, community & sports centres etc.) in new residential areas? Are there enough in current residential areas in Skerries?
  4. How has your experience of Covid-19 altered your view of your public spaces and facilities? Do you have any ideas on how they should develop into the future?
  5. How should the new Fingal Development Plan support new ways of working for Skerries residents / employees? Is there a requirement to provide work hubs within the community?
  6. How should the new Development Plan ensure that outdoor spaces improve the Heath & Wellbeing and sense of Community for the citizens of Fingal?

Theme 2: Climate Action

  1. How can the Development Plan address the challenges associated with Climate Change in order to facilitate Fingal’s transition to a low carbon society?
  2. Are there specific climate action policies and objectives that you would like to see included in the next Development Plan?
  3. When it comes to land use, what are the key actions we can take to reduce the impacts of Climate Change?
  4. What policies or objectives should be introduced to help reduce countywide emissions?
  5. How should we manage our coastal areas as the population of Fingal continues to grow? How does that apply to Skerries?

Theme 3: Connectivity and Movement

  1. What are the key connectivity and movement issues affecting workers, residents and visitors in Skerries?
  2. How can we make it easier to get around in Skerries?
  3. How do we increase walking, cycling and public transport use and reduce car dependency?
  4. How can the safety of cyclists and pedestrians be improved? What measures could be put in place to make this happen?
  5. Should we be making [greater] use of shared community cars and bicycle schemes in Skerries?
  6. What other mobility measures could be put in place to reduce car use?

Theme 4: Employment, Economy & Dublin Airport

  1. How can the Development Plan promote Skerries as a uniquely attractive place for business?
  2. and in an addition to the questions Fingal ask: … Should it? Why? Why not?
  3. How can the Development Plan support existing businesses and further economic growth in Skerries?
  4. How can the Development Plan ensure that the potential of our youth is developed and retained within Fingal? / in Skerries?
  5. Are there key sectors of the economy that you think could/should be located in Skerries?
  6. How can the Development Plan support the new work practices that have changed considerably since Covid-19?
  7. How can the Development Plan optimize the potential of the tourism sector in Skerries?

Theme 5: Cultural Heritage

  1. How can we best protect against the detrimental effects of Climate Change on the heritage resource in Skerries?
  2. How can we balance the need for new development with the protection and enhancement of our heritage resource?
  3. What policies and/or incentives do you think can encourage heritage-led regeneration with the retention and reuse of traditional and historic buildings?
  4. Can we better protect and promote our archaeological resource for the benefit of local communities and to attract tourism?
  5. Are there any individual buildings or groups of buildings, Industrial Heritage Sites and features that should be added to the Record of Protected Structures or designated as Architectural Conservation Areas? Why?

Theme 6: Green Infrastructure & Natural Heritage

  1. How can we best protect against the detrimental effects of Climate Change on the heritage resource in Skerries?
  2. How can we balance the need for new development with the protection and enhancement of our heritage resource?
  3. What policies and/or incentives do you think can encourage heritage-led regeneration with the retention and reuse of traditional and historic buildings?
  4. Can we better protect and promote our archaeological resource for the benefit of local communities and to attract tourism?
  5. Are there any individual buildings or groups of buildings, Industrial Heritage Sites and features that should be added to the Record of Protected Structures or designated as Architectural Conservation Areas? Why?

Theme 7: Infrastructure & Utilities

  1. What physical infrastructure is needed to support people living, working, and visiting Skerries?
  2. How can the Development Plan best support and promote new energy generation technologies?
  3. How can Fingal’s Development Plan support more innovative forms of waste treatment, waste reduction, recycling and energy re-use?
  4. How can the Development Plan improve digital connectivity in your area?

Some Background Material

From the profile of the DBEC document, source: https://minutes3.belfastcity.gov.uk/documents/s85192/Item%203%20d%20Appendix%201%20UU_DCU_Dublin-Belfast%20Economic%20Corridor%20Profile.pdf 
See also https://www.dbec.info/  and also https://www.fingal.ie/news/fingal-be-part-dublin-belfast-economic-corridor 
Environmental resilience and management 20. The challenge and rationale could not be clearer as both the UK and Ireland have declared a climate emergency’ as global warming is likely to reach 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052 if it continues to increase at the current rate. The 68 | P a g e findings of successive IPCC reports are stark ‘climate-related risks to health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, human security, and economic growth are projected to increase with global warming of 1.5°C’. 21. Moving to the Corridor, the climate modelling simulations suggest the greatest increase in mean annual temperatures in the east of the country, mean annual spring and summer precipitation levels are projected to decrease, and heavy rainfall events will increase in winter and autumn. Storms affecting Ireland will decrease in frequency but will increase in intensity thus bringing an increased risk of damage and coastal flooding. 22. These challenges will only be met by collective methods of environmental resilience or effectively adapting and planning so that the negative climate impacts can be reduced, while also taking advantage of any positive outcomes, either allowing the system to return to its previous state of to adapt to a new state. Environmental management is equally important and will involve the protection of natural assets, human welfare, local distinctiveness of places, productivity and livelihoods, food security and reputation for stable and secure environments for investment in the Corridor. 23. The alignment of the adaptation frameworks North and South in the Corridor offers the opportunity for collaboration to collectively address these shared challenges which are not confined by spatial or administrative boundaries. Some initial ideas ‘floated’ as possible actions in the environmental resilience and management area include: • Protection of existing critical infrastructure, including energy, communications, roads, public transport, water and coastal and inland flood defence systems. • Supporting the harnessing of the potential for the development of new regional renewable energy (wind – onshore and offshore – and wave). • Further development of green infrastructure on the Corridor through the provision of long distance cycling and walking routes. • Provision of mechanisms to continue the management of the Corridor’s offshore resources (energy generation, marine transport and fishing and aquaculture) in light of the particular challenges with Brexit. • Developing collaborative frameworks in the areas of information sharing, researching new technologies and shared learning in public sector energy efficiency efforts and developing the circular economy

Context: Fingal County Council Climate Change Action Plan

Fingal’s Socio-Economic Context

A key strategy for future economic development in Fingal includes appropriately locating intensive employment uses adjacent to public transport networks, and where appropriate, residential developments; encouraging existing economic clusters and developing new clustering opportunities; and regenerating inefficiently performing business and industrial parks, land, and buildings.
The next Development Plan will aim to create sustainable compact communities with improved housing choice, access to social and economic opportunities, enhanced services and amenities for a resident population of some 1.65m people in the Metropolitan area by 2031.

From the Strategic Consultation Document, march 2021

A bit about the current Development Plan

Fingal Development Plan 2017-2023 Skerries

Screenshots taken from the pdf of the Written Statement available on the Fingal website:

Fingal Development Plan 2017-2023 Sheet 5 Skerries

Screenshots taken from the map available on the Fingal County Council website:

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