Local Councillors Welcome new Mosque development in Lucan Co Dublin

Local Councillors Madeleine Johansson (people before profit) and Paul Gogarty (Independent) have welcomed a new Mosque development in the Balgaddy area of Lucan as a welcome addition to the area.

The proposed development by South Dublin Maktab ltd (SD19A/0008) will consist of a three storey Islamic centre incorporating Mosque , 2 Classrooms , Library , Bookstore , 2 Apartments , Health centre and Restaurant on a one acre site on the lucan newlands road Balgaddy , South County Dublin . 
Gogarty welcomed the development as "a much needed amenity building" and said he would "find it a useful location for holding public meetings" . Mr Gogarty said there is a large islamic community in lucan and south dublin , that he regularly attended events in the existing mosque which he found to be "quite cramped" . 

Councillor Madeleine Johansson of people before profit said she welcomed this development  in particular , that it would "enhance the local community and provide much needed facilities for the muslim community" 

Local Parish Priest Fr John Laizer from the Church of Divine Mercy said it was "a fine development" .... "I believe this is a fine development not only for the islamic community but also for the greater community in the area , they are welcome to use our church car park at any time they need overflow capacity" said Fr Laizer

Michael O'Brien , CEO of the South Dublin Football League described the development as "exciting"  , Mr O'Brien said the development would "greatly enhance the area" and the football league would support it in every way possible . ... "T
he news that the muslim community are engaging in providing facilities for their youth and community is very exciting and will greatly enhance the area . we will make our facilities and car park available to them whenever the need arisis and continue to support them in every way possible"

A number of objections were lodged against the proposed development including a petition signed by over 200 local residents . 

An Objection from The Balgaddy Working Together Community group included a petition of more than 200 signatures from Local Residents opposed to the development . 
The objection cited local concerns regarding traffic and parking congestion , loss of mature trees , visual impact on the area , noise pollution from call to prayer , overshadowing of properties , lack of sports facilites within the development for locals and limited public transport to and from area. The residents also expressed concerns about the availability of the mosque facilities to the local community such as the Childcare Centre , School , Library, Health centre and offices which they argue are for those of the Islamic faith. In a seperate objection one resident wrote they would have to consider moving out of the area due to traffic congestion .

The planning application is currently the subject of two third party appeals and is before An Bord Pleanála with a decision expected on the matter around  23rd June . Any member of the public can make a Submission to An Bord Pleanala (within 4 weeks from the date the last Appeal is lodged) , the cost is 50 euro . (more information on this is available here - http://www.pleanala.ie/appeals/observation_guide.pdf )

he full file on this planning application is available to view on the South Dublin County Council Website , Planning Reference SD19A/0008 - https://www.sdcc.ie/en/services/planning/planning-applications/search-and-view/


Source: thetricolour

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