Observation on Marmalade Lane SHD

In January 2022, Balally Residents submitted an observation to An Bord Pleanala regarding Marmalade Lane Strategic Housing Development. This was mentioned in the Irish Times on 04 February along with the objections of other residents associations in the local area. Here’s the details of our submission.

  • The scale and size of this proposed 10 storey development of 531 buy to rent flats (which is taller and of greater density than previously proposed) will without question have a negative impact on the value of all homes in the surrounding area due to issues relating to overlooking, overbearing height, and lack of facilities to cater for significant additional traffic volumes (including parking which is already an issue in the wider Dundrum area).
  • The proposed no. of 531 units in this new application is an increase of 85 units to the existing permission of 446 units.
  • The area is dominated by one/ two storey residential properties. 10 storey apartment blocks are not in keeping with the landscape of the area. The development will dominate all of the surrounding area.
  • DLR sets a max height of 4 Storeys in suburban locations with an extra 2 being allowed given site-specific considerations: at 10 Storeys the height of the buildings exceed DLR County Development Plan by up to 4 storeys.
  • The INST designation sets a maximum density of 50 units per hectare – this proposal is 152 units per hectare (net density of 179 uph per the developer). This density level is out keeping with other developments in the area.
  • The INST designation requires that the open character of the land is preserved but the amount of land allocated to public open space by ABP decision 308157 is being reduced in this application, the proposal also requires building on land rezoned “F – to preserve and provide for open space” in the draft DLR County Development Plan. The plan proposes that Ballawley Park which is a PUBLIC park will one section subsumed into the development with existing mature trees and hedgerows removed. Any proposed new trees would take between 20 and 30 years to mature and provide camouflage. We strongly object to any portion of this public park being interfered with for a development such as this.
  • Provision for cars spaces is completely inadequate: with only 171 allowed for (down from 278 in the previous proposal), this represents a ratio of 0.22 while the ratio required in the DLR County Development Plan for this development is an average ratio of 1.1 car spaces per apartment; this will most definitely lead to nuisance parking in surrounding estates. The road infrastructure in the area is already at capacity.
  • 61% of the proposed apartments are 1 bedroom or studio and only 2% are 3 bedroom apartments. This contravenes both the current and draft DLR County Development Plans. The former only allows a max of 20% of one bed apartments in large developments while the latter requires that 20% of apartments have 3 bedrooms.
  • In addition to all of the above we note that the placement of the planning notice in relation to this application WAS NOT adequate – see pictures below – the notice was placed strategically behind a tree – as opposed to being placed in a conspicuous place where it would be visible and legible.
  • Balally Residents Association were very shocked to see the approval of the previous Marmalade Lane scheme (to which they also lodged an observation).
  • Balally Residents Association consider this revised proposal is an even poorer scheme than previously granted and it continues to contravene DLRCC County Development Plan 2016-2022. It is also contrary to the draft DLR Development Plan 2022 – 2028 as it stands and should NOT be permitted for all of the reasons outlined above.

Christmas Raffle Winners 2020

We are delighted to announce the results of our Christmas draw for everyone who paid their subs in 2020. Well done to the winners, and thanks for everyone who contributed.

Marta and Joe Pule, winners of the Christmas hamper
1stPoule family – Balally Road€150 Christmas Hamper
2ndLynda Hendley – Balally Drive€100 Sandyford House voucher
3rdAnne Gavigan – Balally Grove€50 Woodies voucher
3rdMc Arthur family – Balally Close€50 Balally Pharmacy voucher

New Year 2021 and Outdoors

Happy New year to all in Balally! We look forward to 2021 and hope to have more opportunities to meet with our neighbours to make our estate a great place to live.

If you’re looking to get outdoors, remember that there are plenty of great parks and locations close by (within 5km) to make lockdown a little bit easier.

Ballawley, Fitzsimon’s Wood, Deer Park, Marlay, Cabinteely are easy to get to (https://www.dlrcoco.ie/en/parks-and-outdoors/parks).

We’re also within reach of the Dublin mountains at Ticknock and Kilmashogue.

Or if you fancy getting to the sea, then Sandymount Strand and Booterstown/Blackrock parks are also nearby.

Stay safe and Happy New Year!

Annual Subs Reminder 2020

Now Accepting PayPal

As usual at this time of year we are collecting our membership subscription of €25 per household. While we cannot call to your door due to Covid-19 restrictions, we encourage you to pay securely online with debit or credit card at https://balally.com/paysubs/. If you would like to pay using a bank transfer, please drop us a message using our Contact Us form, and we will send you BIC and IBAN details. Alternatively, you should have received an addressed envelope that you can use to pay in cash and drop to your assigned road representative.

If you have already paid, then thanks for your support!

Continuing to Work for You

While your residents association has had to postpone some of our events due to Covid-19, we continue to work on your behalf to make our estate a great place to live. With your contribution, we will be able to continue all estate management activities to ensure our neighbourhood is maintained to the highest standard. We will manage all communal grass cutting, weeding, edging and planting and run the annual clean-up Week, litter pick and anti-graffiti activity. We are representing our members in conversations with the council on issues and decisions that may affect you, including parking/traffic issues on Balally Park and Sandyford Road, cycle lane introduction, and proposals for Active School Travel routes through the estate. We will also continue our programme of printed and online communications to ensure you are kept up to date on all activities and we look forward to running some exciting social events when allowed to do so!

Our Christmas Prize Draw!

As a thank you, all residents who pay their sub before 18/12/2020 will be entered into a draw to win some fabulous Christmas gifts which we will purchase from local retailers to help support our local economy:

  • 1st Prize: €150 Christmas Hamper from SuperValu Balally
  • 2nd Prize: €100 voucher for the Sandyford House
  • 3rd Prize: €50 voucher from Balally Pharmacy
  • 4th Prize: €50 voucher from Woodies

Spring Gardening Workshop

Get Your Garden Ready for Spring
Thursday 12th March at 7:30pm in St. Olaf’s National School

Balally Residents Association are inviting all our members to a Spring Gardening Workshop to help us get Balally looking beautiful this season!

We are delighted to be joined by Expert Speaker Veronica O’Toole from Scalp Nurseries. Veronica will lead the workshop which will cover:

– Key gardening  jobs for Spring, demonstration of trimming/cutting best practice
– Fertilizers – what to use or not to use
– How to build a Hanging Basket
– Good Planting choices for Spring a  wide sample of plants will be available to view and purchase
– How to support Pollinator Insects in your garden
– Q&A discussion

The workshop will be followed by a Cheese & Wine Reception – this will be a great opportunity to meet new neighbours, have a chat and a catch-up and share some gardening tips!

Please come and join us!

Tidy Districts Winner 2019

We are delighted to announce that Balally was the winner of Tidy Districts 2019 for Best Housing Estate / Apartment complex (501 dwellings and over)!

Congratulations and thanks to everyone who put in a lot of hard work in June and July to make the estate look great. There was lots of gardening, cleaning, tidying, painting and helping others that helped us win the award. It’s wonderful to see the community spirit to make Balally a great place to live.

While the competition is primarily an anti-litter and anti-graffiti competition, it has evolved over the years and now considers biodiversity, ecological projects and community engagement. At the Awards Ceremony on Wednesday night we got particular praise for the roundabout, our pollinator friendly planting, our links with St Olafs NS and our targeted communications. https://www.dlrcoco.ie/en/news/general-news-press-releases/climate-heroes-clean-tidy-districts-awards

Thank you and keep up the good work!

Clean-Up Week 10th-16th June

It’s time to get ready for our annual Clean-Up Week! This year we need your support to help Balally and Sandyford Road win Tidy Districts 2019.

We need as many people as possible to spend an hour or so in the evening to help with the clean-up. The more people who help them quicker it will be. Can you rope in a neighbour too? We will have blue bags, pickers and gloves at each location, but if you could bring a sweeping brush, spade and dustpan that would help. Join us from about 6:30 each evening this week

  • Monday – Balally Road & lane ways
  • Tuesday – Balally Grove, Avenue & bottom of Park
  • Wednesday – Balally Hill & litter pick up in the park
  • Thursday – Balally Drive (top & bottom) & roundabout
  • Friday – Roundabout painting, weeding and planting

Judging takes place in July so its all hands on deck for our biggest clean up yet! We encourage you to take some time to edge and cut your grass verge as a lot of marks are awarded for neat verges. If your neighbours need a hand you could help them out too.

ESB Networks Road Works

A message from Richard Nolan Civil Engineering about road works for ESB Networks from 4-15 March2019:

Dear Resident,

Please be advised that Richard Nolan Civil Engineering will be carrying out concrete reinstatement Works for the ESBN on Balally Drive commencing on the day of the 04/03/2019 for the 2 weeks. Works will resume outside the temporary reinstated patch. Works will be carried out between 9:30AM and 5PM. While these works are taking place some carparking spaces on the road will be taken up.

We would greatly appreciate your co-operation and patience during these essential works. Access and egress will be accommodated at all times. We would like to apologize for the inconvenience caused by our works and are eager to finish these works and leave the resident community in peace. 

Richard Nolan Civil Engineering intends to complete these works with minimum disruption to residents and road users. Arrangements can be made with on-site crew to facilitate and assist residents.  

Richard Nolan Civil Engineering would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused as a result of the works. If we may be of any assistance or you have any queries regarding the works, please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time either on site or by contacting the number below.

Richard Nolan Civil Engineering Ltd

01 4528850

RNCE Head Office