Plans for a ma­jor ‘jobs hub’ at Lis­senhall site

Fingal Independent - - NEWS - John MAN­NING

A ma­jor new ‘em­ploy­ment hub’ is be­ing de­vel­oped at Lis­senhall with the po­ten­tial to stim­u­late sig­nif­i­cant job growth in Swords.

Fin­gal County Coun­cil is at an early stage in the de­sign and plan­ning process for the huge 28 hectare de­vel­op­ment and wants in­put from the pub­lic as it pre­pares a draft Lo­cal Area Plan for the Lis­senhall East lands.

Fin­gal County Coun­cil opened a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion for the Lis­senhall East Lo­cal Area Plan this week.

With the pre-draft Is­sues Pa­per for the Lis­senhall East LAP soon to be launched, Fin­gal County Coun­cil is invit­ing sub­mis­sions from the pub­lic re­gard­ing the plan which is in its early stages.

The Lis­senhall East LAP en­com­passes an area of ap­prox­i­mately 28 hectares of ‘High Tech­nol­ogy’ or HT zoned lands and is po­si­tioned on a land bank lo­cated north of Swords town cen­tre and bound by the M1, the R132 and the Es­tu­ary Road.

The LAP lands are also lo­cated in close prox­im­ity to planned sig­nif­i­cant pub­lic trans­porta­tion in­fra­struc­ture in­clud­ing the Qual­ity Bus Cor­ri­dor, Bus Rapid Tran­sit and Metro North, ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil.

A spokesper­son for Fin­gal County Coun­cil de­scribed the vi­sion for the site, say­ing: ‘The planned de­vel­op­ment of the Lis­senhall East LAP lands of­fers sig­nif­i­cant po­ten­tial for the cre­ation of a lo­cally and re­gion­ally im­por­tant em­ploy­ment cen­tre in the Swords area.

‘The de­vel­op­ment of a new em­ploy­ment hub will stim­u­late job cre­ation and al­low ex­ist­ing and fu­ture busi­ness de­mands to be met through the pro­vi­sion of high qual­ity, high value of­fice ac­com­mo­da­tion at a highly ac­ces­si­ble lo­ca­tion.’

The pre-draft Is­sues Pa­per high­lights a broad range of is­sues to be con­sid­ered in­clud­ing eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, ur­ban de­sign, move­ment and trans­porta­tion, util­ity and com­mu­ni­ca­tions in­fra­struc­ture, bio­di­ver­sity, her­itage, flood­ing and en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ments.

This is the first stage of the Lis­senhall East Pub­lic Con­sul­ta­tion. Fol­low­ing the Pre-draft Is­sues stage there will be no­tice of fur­ther Con­sul­ta­tion Pro­cesses. Mem­bers of the pub­lic will be able to make sub­mis­sions un­til Fri­day De­cem­ber 22, on­line at https://con­sult.fin­gal. ie/en/browse

The Pre-draft Is­sues Pa­per will also be at that same web ad­dress and will be dis­trib­uted lo­cally so that neigh­bours of the site are kept in­formed of the project. Lis­senhall as a whole has been iden­ti­fied as a ma­jor growth area for Swords.

A ma­jor new em­ploy­ment hub is be­ing planned at Lis­senhall in Swords

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