A public realm plan for Dolphin’s Barn village has gone on display, with no mention of cycle lanes or cycle paths on one of the largest junctions and sections of road inside the canals in Dublin.
According to the online planning file, the plans were lodged on May 16 but the document section for the online file is still empty. The plans are also not displayed on the council’s consultation portal at dublincity.ie.
In February, IrishCycle.com reported how Dublin City Council are proposing the new public realm scheme without providing for cycling for all ages as promised in the City Development Plan. According to the written description of the plan, this has not changed.
The project includes a section of the main Dolphin’s Barn road going north-south, and the South Circular Road going east-west. The former is planned to be a primary cycle route in the GDA Cycle Network and the latter is a secondary route, but no apparent attempt is made to implement cycling upgrades as part of the planned public realm project.
A presentation given to councillors at the start of the year shows how the designers of give priority to providing space for car parking and general turning lanes on the on the South Circular Road.
Another priority for the scheme seems to be widening an already wide public space at north-east corner of the junction where Dolphin’s Barn meets the South Circular Road — this seems to be done by removing the central medium at this location while leaving a cycle lane to narrow at one side of the road with no cycle lane on the other.
South of the junction, a central medium is retained and there will be five lanes — including two bus lanes — but no dedicated space for cycling.
In February, we reported how Mike Haslam of Haslam & Co Architects, who were contracted to draw up plans for the area, said: “Just to add on the cycle lanes, we have kept what’s there, we have not changed that. Again because of the restrictions on the carriageway sizes — which we were not permitted to alter.”
The public notice for the plan — which is using the Part 8 planning process, states: “The plan includes a coherent vision for the environmental and physical development of Dolphin’s Barn Village and comprises measures to landscape Dolphin’s Barn Village with suitable tree planting, a linear park and public realm additions including a single-storey cafe with mezzanine to the northern end of St. James Terrace fronting the Church Park, footpaths, kerbs, medians, street furniture, street lighting and parking.”
“Plans and particulars of the proposed development may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy for a period of 4 weeks from Wednesday, 16th May 2018, during public opening hours at the offices of Dublin City Council, Public Counter, Planning & Property Development Department, Block 4, Ground Floor, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, Monday – Friday 09.00 hrs to 16.30 hrs and at South Central Area Office, First Floor, Eblana House, Marrowbone Lane, Dublin 8, Monday – Friday 09.00 hrs to 16.00 hrs.”
“A submission or observation in relation to the proposed development, dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the development would be situated may be made, in writing, to the Executive Manager, Planning & Property Development Department, Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, before 16.30 hrs on Friday 29th June 2018.”