Stoney Hill Planning Update
A big thanks to all Rathcoole Woodlands Supporters who signed the submission to South Dublin County Council expressing your concern with a recent planning application, SD22A/0347, for phase 1 of a 4 phase development on Stoney Hill Lane. See the submission below: The planning application page can be viewed at this link: https://planning.agileapplications.ie/southdublin/application-details/63031 Thanks too for all the donations received. The Woodlands Group submission can be viewed here: https://planning.southdublin.ie/Home/ViewDocument?fileId=6615633 We will know on the 26th of October what South Dublin County Council‘s decision is.
Stoney Hill Lane Planning Submission
We had the same concern when the Strategic Housing Development (SHD) was proposed and that is why we put in a submission opposing that development. There was absolutely no consideration of potential impacts on Rathcoole Woodlands nor was it recognised as a priority annex habitat although a submission was made clearly stating it was. When the SHD was approved by An Bord Pleanála, we joined with other concerned Residents Associations and started a judicial review that is ongoing.The 4 phases are adjacent to Rathcoole Woodlands, exactly the same footprint as the approved SHD which is the subject of the judicial…
Rathcoole Woodlands saved but vulnerable
After 6 years of campaigning the majority of Rathcoole Woodlands is now zoned ‘Rural’ in the 2022-2028 County Development Plan. While Rural zoning has no conservation objective, it does mean only activities in line with permitted land use under Rural zoning are possible.
The Heritage Hedgerows of Rathcoole Woodlands
… and the largest rewilding area in South Dublin. Networks for Nature! Why are hedgerows important?
Adder’s Tongue Fern – 2nd location in Rathcoole Woodlands
A second location found for a species of note recorded in the Hodd report, Adder’s Tongue fern:
Birds in Rathcoole Woodlands and Rewilding Area
In a report done on behalf of South Dublin County Council; Survey Site, Rathcoole, Co. Dublin Wintering Bird Report 03 May 2021, JBA Consulting Unpublished, recorded six species of birds of conservation concern in Ireland (BoCCI):• House Sparrow – BoCCI: Amber List – Breeding*• Meadow Pipit – BoCCI: Amber List – Breeding*• Starling – BoCCI: Amber List – Breeding*• Redwing – BoCCI: Red List – Wintering• Black-headed Gull – BoCCI: Amber List – Breeding* & Wintering• Herring Gull – BoCCI: Amber List – Breeding* & Wintering*Only potential breeding status within the siteThey found“specific habitat utilisation by individual species is clearly…
Thank You! Well Done! You Stuck with it!
Submissions are in!
We appreciate the time you took out to do this.9 of 10 submissions on amendment 2.13 calling for Rathcoole Woodlands and rewilding area to be saved in its entirety. The support of the 7 Fine Gael Councillors was vital to getting amendment 2.13 to the material alterations stage.6 of 8 submissions on amendment 4.19 calling for Rathcoole Woodlands to be protected including submission from local Fine Gael, TD; Deputy Emer Higgins.https://consult.sdublincoco.ie/…/proposed-material…84 submissions, by 61 users, 114 observations, – 18 submissions in support of Rathcoole Woodlands and Rewilding!What Next?Chief Executive’s Report on Consultation issued on May 24th to Councillors for consideration.Councillors…
Four Districts Woodland Group 2022 AGM
The Four Districts Woodland Group held their 2022 AGM on Thursday 31st March, 2022. The event was well attended and was a welcomed opportunity to interact in person with supporters and councillors. Members of Rathcoole Community Council, Friends of the Camac, and Clondalkin Area Committee; Francis Timmons (Independent), Shirley O’Hara (Fine Gael) and William Joseph Carey (Sinn Fein) were in attendance. All Clondalkin Area Committee Councillors were invited with apologies from Trevor Gilligan, Peter Kavanagh and Eoin O’Broin who were otherwise engaged. Neville Graver provided our Treasurer’s Report. We have funded 2 reports and are involved in a judicial review.…
Enjoy the Rest of the Long Bank Holiday Weekend!
Take time to Explore Rathcoole Woodlands, the largest known rewilded area in South Dublin.Spring has started. See the spring flora of catkins, primroses, lords and ladies, lesser Celandine, and the all year round of lichen, ferns and mosses. Listen for the bird song.Stay for the calm.Save All the Trees.
Save All the Trees
South Dublin County Council (SDCC) went back to the drawing board. They came to a land arrangement with the Department of Education (Dept. Ed.) and the Gaelic Athletics Association (GAA). A new master plan was made. They called it a Concept: appendix-2a-rathcoole-lands-framework-concept-and-zoning-proposals.pdf (sdcc.ie)
What does Appendix 2A mean?
Keep 9.9 ha of Woodland (67%) to be zoned RU zoning Loss of 4.9 ha of Woodland (33%) ….
Another year is coming to a close. And what a busy year it has been!
A BIG THANK YOU to all who support the campaign to Save Rathcoole Woodlands.To everyone who has written an email, made a submission, a donation, bought a calendar or volunteered in any way, thank you. See the outcome of your good work in the Chief Executive’s Report on the Draft Plan Public Consultation. But we are not there yet!The Council have published the Concept (New Master Plan) which underpins the new zoning proposal that will see 80% of the Woodland not targeted for development.We are 80% there! It is a step in the right direction.We are delighted to see that…