DublinTown statement on decision by An Bord Pleanála in respect of the College Green Plaza application.
It is clear that Dublin City Centre needs a world class, city centre civic space. While the development of the College Green Plaza had significant merit, we note that An Bord Pleanála clearly noted the same concerns that were expressed by DublinTown in its submission in June 2017 and during the oral hearing phase of the planning process in March 2018. Specifically, in relation to the traffic analysis carried out, the impacts on public transport and the ability of Dublin citizens to be able to access the city centre in a manner of their choosing.
DublinTown still believes there is a significant opportunity to create a well-managed, world class civic space in Dublin city centre. We still support the idea of a plaza in principle but there is a need for greater coordination for planning around traffic interventions which also need to be clearly communicated to and understood by the wider public as part of a city-wide overall plan.
DublinTown looks forward to working with all relevant stakeholders to ensure that Dublin fulfils its potential as an accessible, world class capital city.