1. The purpose of this Issues Paper

1. The purpose of this Issues Paper

Fingal County Council is in the process of reviewing the existing Dublin Airport Local Area Plan (LAP) 2006-2015 under Section 20 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) and wish to invite the public to participate in the process.

As the statutory planning authority for the airport, the County Council is responsible for the delivery of a land use planning framework which can be used to:

  • assess any future development proposals that may come forward at the airport or in its environs;
  • pro-actively manage the associated public and private infrastructure and environmental resources that are needed for the airport to operate sustainably and;
  • ensure impacts on neighbouring communities are considered and planned for in the context of the future development of the airport.

The purpose of this Issues Paper therefore is to:

  • set out the principal challenges the Airport faces over the Plan period to maintain its role as Ireland’s primary international transport gateway;
  • illicit your views with the aim to build a shared vision for how the airport might be empowered to respond positively to these challenges and opportunities;
  • inform a policy framework having regard to environmental obligations, and infrastructure capacities and;
  • ensure the views of communities, who live in close proximity to the airport, or are impacted by its operation, are considered in policy formation.

Have Your Say

We welcome and encourage your engagement in this important Plan.

The LAP will provide a detailed planning framework with associated policies and objectives relating to airport infrastructure, aircraft operations, noise, surface access, drainage and utilities, heritage, design criteria, commercial development and implementation. It will also consider future development of the airport in the context of the local communities in the vicinity. Ultimately the plan will provide the policy context against which all future development proposals at the airport will be assessed.

Your participation is essential to develop a Plan that establishes a strong framework for the future of Dublin Airport.

The Consultation Process

There are a number of ways you can participate in the preparation of the Airport LAP. As this early stage is so important to shaping the future of Dublin Airport, we have expanded our consultation channels to include a new Visioning process. This will run alongside the Issues Paper consultation and will feed directly into the development of the Draft Plan. We welcome your participation in all stages of the development of the Plan. This consultation process is outlined in Figure 1 below.

Figure 1: Consultation process

Developing a Framework for Dublin Airport
(Public Perspectives Visioning Portal)

This Pre-Draft consultation aims to capture communities, individuals and businesses views on the future for Dublin Airport.

For example, do you have a view on the planning considerations for the future development of Dublin Airport? What is important to you with regard to its development? What important aspects should be considered?

To support the open sharing of views, Fingal County Council has launched a new portal where you can share your view and hear others in your community. You can share your view directly on this platform, or share a view you read or heard in the media or elsewhere. The aim is to give voice to all perspectives and views on Dublin Airport and make those available for others to hear and explore.

This innovation aims to enhance traditional public consultation techniques through an open process which represents a full range of public opinion focused on inclusion and diversity of views.

Our analysis of portal responses will be used alongside relevant national, regional and county policy frameworks; a range of independent technical evaluations; and consultation with the public and key stakeholders; to inform the development of the Draft Dublin Airport Local Area Plan. The Plan will then be open for your comment before adoption by the elected members. Visit the portal and share your view yourairportviews.fingal.ie

Figure 2: Public Perspectives Visioning portal

Respond to issues outlined in the Issues Paper. Make a submission.

You can also participate by commenting on this Issues Paper. This Issues Paper is intended to present an overview of the main planning and development issues facing Fingal in the preparation of a plan for Dublin Airport. It aims to encourage debate on what broad issues should be considered in the new Plan. For this reason, all submissions to the Issues Paper will be published during the consultation period. 

Any views regarding the future of the airport, included in published submissions will be shared also via the Public Perspectives platform. In this joined-up connected way, Fingal County Council aims for a broad and holistic conversation regarding the preparation of the Airport Local Area Plan. We welcome and encourage your input via both the Visioning and Issues Paper process.

How to make a submission on the Issues Paper

You can Make an online Submission here. Alternatively, send your submission by post to Senior Executive Officer, Planning and Strategic Infrastructure Department, Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co Dublin. K67 X8Y2.

The benefits of making an online submission are:

  • You can start your submission and complete later
  • Indicate areas of interest on an interactive map
  • After submissions are published, easily query all consultation data
  • Get notifications and updates about the consultation

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Tuesday 18th September 2018. Submissions should be not made in more than one format i.e. letter and email.

An additional Public Information Session will also take place on Wednesday 5th September 2018, in the Atrium, County Hall, Main Street, Swords, between 4pm and 8pm.

Why should you get involved?

This is an opportunity for you to give your views on the critical issues outlined in this paper and have your say on how we can best plan for the future of Dublin Airport. Submissions to the Issues paper are not limited to the issues raised in this paper so please raise any other issue of interest or area of concern which you consider relevant.

Later consultation stages

When the early phase of consulting on Vision and the Issues Paper is complete, it will be followed by the preparation and publication of a Draft LAP. When published you will have the opportunity to make a further submission.

Throughout the process, the Council will hold a number of public consultation meetings which will be announced on the Fingal Council website, consultation portal and announced in the newspapers. More detail on the LAP consultation process is available on yourairportviews.fingal.ie.