4. Vision & Strategic objectives for Dublin Airport
4.0 VISION STATEMENT
'TO FACILITATE AND MANAGE THE SUSTAINABLE GROWTH OF DUBLIN AIRPORT IN A MANNER THAT REFLECTS ITS STATUS AS IRELAND’S PREMIER AVIATION GATEWAY WHILST SAFEGUARDING THE CORE OPERATIONAL FUNCTION OF THE AIRPORT AND SUPPORTING NEIGHBOURING COMMUNITIES, THE ECONOMY AND THE ENVIRONMENT.'
The LAP provides the principal development management tool for the Airport area and specifies the long-term disposition and mix of uses within the designated airport area together with infrastructural development necessary to support these uses. This is reflected in the vision for the Airport. The strategic objectives outlined below will guide the future sustainable growth and development of the Airport lands while also facilitating the efficient and effective operation of Dublin Airport.
It is essential that the LAP safeguards the current and future operational, safety, technical and developmental requirements of Dublin Airport and provides for its on-going development within a sustainable development framework, having regard to both the environmental impact on local communities and the economic impact on businesses within the area.
A key national strategic policy is for Dublin Airport to be developed as a secondary hub. This requires a sufficient level of airport infrastructure, including quality terminal facilities, runway capacity and surface access. The Council must also achieve a balance between promoting the potential of the aviation sector and safeguarding the primary operational role of Dublin Airport as the Country’s main international airport.
As Dublin Airport is our National Gateway, it must provide through exemplar design a visual coherence to deliver an attractive high quality environment which enriches visitor experiences to Fingal and the rest of the Country.
4.1 STRATEGIC AIMS OF THE LOCAL AREA PLAN
The strategic aims of the LAP include:
- Support for airport safeguarding.
- Support the continued sustainable growth of Dublin Airport and connectivity as a hub airport whilst ensuring protection of the environment.
- Support the timely delivery of required infrastructure to facilitate airport growth.
- Support the growth of the Airport as a major economic driver for the region.
- Support continued communication between the Airport and neighbouring communities to protect community amenity and mitigate potential impact from airport growth in the interests of long term sustainability.
The framework for achieving these aims is set out in the key strategic objectives set out in the subsequent section below.
4.2 KEY STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES
The key strategic objectives seek to give effect to the strategic vision and aims of the LAP in guiding the future development and growth of Dublin Airport. The strategic objectives have been developed as part of an iterative Strategic Environmental Assessment Process to drive an agenda of improved environmental outcomes at the Airport.
Safeguard the current and future operational, safety, technical and development requirements of Dublin Airport and provide for its ongoing development within a sustainable development framework, having regard to both the environmental impact on local communities and the economic impact on businesses within the area.
Promote appropriate land use patterns in the vicinity of the flight paths serving the Airport, having regard to the precautionary principle, based on existing and anticipated environmental and safety impacts of aircraft movements.
GROWTH AND CONNECTIVITY
Provide for the necessary airside and landside infrastructure to facilitate the projected increase in passengers over the life of the LAP whilst safeguarding for longer term growth.
Recognise the unique potential of Dublin Airport as an economic generator and major employer in the County whilst protecting its core operational function as the Country’s main international airport.
Adopt a sustainable approach to airport development which responds to important environmental constraints associated with future development and includes mitigation where necessary and appropriate.
To accelerate a transition to a low carbon economy by providing a reduction in C02 emissions.
Reduce environmental impacts, build climate resilience and promote quality of life for neighbouring communities.
All development proposals at Dublin Airport shall have regard to the requirement for environmental assessment including screening for Appropriate Assessment, Environmental Impact Assessment and Flood Risk Assessment in accordance with relevant legislation and guidelines.
All proposals for development shall demonstrate compliance with relevant Fingal Development Plan provisions relating to sustainable development and the protection of the environment.
Maintain and improve surface water quality at the Airport.
Promote exemplar design and the creation of a high quality environment to reflect Dublin Airport’s status as an international gateway airport.
Promote innovative, carbon reducing, energy efficient and renewable energy technologies in building design.