Dundrum residents make big step towards new social hub after council gives go-ahead to prepare a Local Area Plan

Preparations will start around August this year.

Dundrum locals have expressed their delight after the council announced plans that they were going to start work on a Local Area Plan for the village.

The news was announced by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council during Monday's meeting with preparation work set to start in the second half of this year.

Local representatives had been calling for the move for years with the main group Imagine Dundrum hoping the announcement paves the way for more green spaces, a "thriving" main street, and a public focal point.

Speaking to Dublin Live, spokesman Tom Merriman said that they hope the move will make people see Dundrum as a "village they can visit and do business in" rather than just for its shopping centre.

He said: "It gives local people, and everybody in fact, an input into the planning and design of the future of Dundrum Village.

"In developing a plan that the local authorities have an obligation to consult with the population - from that perspective it gives us an opportunity to be heard although there's no guarantee that they'll take it on board.

"The potential for development in the village is very broad and open, when you mention Dundrum people just think of a shopping centre - we want to make people think of it as a village that they can visit and do their business.

"The village is still a very lively one, and it has a rich history - there's a lot of very attractive and historic buildings within it that can be preserved and enhanced to make it a place that people are happy to visit and walk around.

"We'd hope to bring developments to Dundrum that would encourage people to live on the main street, its a very attractive and vibrant village and we want to make it better than it is at the moment."

Minister for Culture and Heritage Josepha Madigan also welcomed the move and said she supported calls for a new civic centre that would "best meets the needs of the people."

She said: “This would be a major, active community centre with usable space to serve the needs of all the community – mother and toddler mornings; wellness workshops; social media workshops; art classes for all age groups and anything else to meet the needs and wants of Dundrum as a community could be hosted in such a space."

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