Celbridge Community Council is an entirely voluntary organization that monitors planning and development proposals that have the potential to impact Celbridge. We analyse any impacts before making submissions on public consultations or lodging objections on planning applications.
Celbridge Community Council’s membership includes a group of citizens with a keen interest in the development of our town in a sustainable and tasteful manner. We have wide representation from many areas of the town and our submissions aim to consider and represent the interests of the whole of the town. Many of our submissions are to Kildare County Council, some are to South Dublin County Council and we have also made submissions on development and transport proposals with a regional or national scope. Planning objections would be lodged either with Kildare County Council or An Bord Pleanala.
Celbridge Community Council chooses the papers, proposed plans and development applications on which to make submissions or planning objections based on whether:
- the proposed development is strategic to the development of Celbridge as a whole
- the “estate village” heritage and character of the town may be enhanced or jeopardized by the proposed development
- the quality of life of the Celbridge community may be impacted by the proposed development; the interests of commuters, young people, older people and all ages in between are considered
Planning searches can be carried out from Kildare County Council’s Online Planning Enquiries page but planning applications for housing developments of more than 100 residential units can now be made directly to An Bord Pleanála so the list of current Strategic Housing Development Applications needs to be checked to see if anything has been lodged directly to An Bord Pleanála.
Development Plans Relevant to Celbridge
- Towards a Liffey Valley Park, Strategy Document - 2006
- Celbridge Donaghcumper Area Action Plan - June 2007
- Celbridge Traffic Management Plan – April 2009
- Greater Dublin Area Regional Planning Guidelines 2010 – 2022
- Celbridge River Crossing Feasibility Report – May 2015
- Kildare County Development Plan 2017 – 2023
- Celbridge Local Area Plan 2017 – 2023
- South Dublin County Council Development Plan 2016 – 2022
- National Transport Agency (NTA) BusConnects Brochure – May 217
- Celbridge, Gateway to Ireland’s Ancient East: Tourism and Heritage Strategy 2016 – 2020
Celbridge is a commuter town with large numbers commuting to Dublin and other locations daily.
The Census 2016 "Feeder Towns into Each City" map states that
In 2016 there were 4,541 persons in the settlement of Celbridge who commuted to Dublin city and suburbs which equates to 48.4% of persons at work and living in Celbridge. Of these commuters 2,254 are women and 2,287 are men.
The average journey time of workers who commute from Celbridge to Dublin city and suburbs was 44 minutes and their average age was 41.
Given the problems experienced with accessing the train at Hazelhatch, bus transport remains crucial for commuters from Celbridge to Dublin city and suburbs.
Of those who commute to Dublin city and suburbs, the mode of transport was
- 70% (3,144) by car,
- 19.6% (887) by bus
- 6.3% (285) by train
Comparing Celbridge with other towns in the Greater Dublin area like Swords, Malahide, Bray, Greystones, Maynooth and Leixlip that feed into Dublin city and suburbs it’s apparent that the towns closest to rail lines have the highest percentage of population using rail services.
For all these feeder towns except Swords and Celbridge, a large number of residents can easily walk to the train station as they live within 1km. Residents of Swords live at least 4.8km away from Malahide train station.
While a small number of residents on the south side of Celbridge could walk to Hazelhatch train station, most residents live at least 2.5km away and need to cross the only bridge over the Liffey in the town and this suffers from serious congestion. The vast majority of residents are 3-4km away from Hazelhatch train station.
Some trains from and to Hazelhatch are served by a feeder bus. Indicative schedules can be seen on the Irish Rail timetable but it should be noted that the morning buses need to leave earlier than the times indicated on the Irish Rail timetable in order to make it to the station on time.
Kildare Data Hub figures (possibly based off Census 2011 data so a bit dated) show the following commuting patterns:
- The population of Celbridge in the workforce is 8413 and, of these,
- 5075 commute outside Co. Kildare,
- 1010 people work in Celbridge
- 283 people work in Leixlip,
- 252 people work in Maynooth,
- 124 people work in Naas,
- 47 people work in Newbridge,
- 24 people work in Kilcock,
- 22 people work in Clane
- 2123 people work in Celbridge and, of these, 1010 people both reside and work in Celbridge.
Celbridge is earmarked for development as a suburb of Dublin because of its location within the Greater Dublin Area Metropolitan Region. Celbridge has been designated a “Moderate Sustainable Growth Town” by the Greater Dublin Area Regional Planning Guidelines 2010 – 2022 and this has been reflected in the Kildare County Development Plan 2017 – 2023 (CDP) settlement strategy and in the Celbridge Local Area Plan 2017 – 2023 (LAP). Despite Celbridge having the 3rd largest population in Co. Kildare for almost 2 decades, with a 114% population growth rate since 1991, the smaller towns of Maynooth and Leixlip have both been designated “Large Growth Towns”. This would be fine if restraint was to be exercised in the rate of development planned for Celbridge but the proposed rate is as aggressive as in our neighbouring towns.
The National Spatial Strategy is being replaced by the “Ireland 2040” National Planning Framework but it’s unclear what, if any, impact this will have on the treatment of Celbridge in a planning context as the designation of “Moderate Sustainable Growth Town” came from the Regional Planning Guidelines for the Greater Dublin Area rather than from the National Spatial Strategy.
Celbridge Community Council’s submissions promote the following themes:
- Restraint must be exercised in the rate of Celbridge’s population growth in line with its designation as a “Moderate Sustainable Growth Town”.
- At the current level of population, serious social infrastructure deficits are evident within Celbridge. Until they are redressed, the town cannot absorb additional population.
- Completion of an additional river crossing is essential in the near term. Until it is built, the town cannot support the increased vehicular traffic arising from a population increase.
- Completion of a ring-road is essential to divert traffic from pinch points in the road network.
- Restraint must be exercised in delivery of new residential development thereby ensuring that physical and social infrastructure provisioning occurs as a prerequisite for all future development.
- Given Celbridge’s potential to develop into a primary tourism centre for the North East Kildare area, the preservation and promotion of culture and heritage needs to be paramount in planning decisions relating to the town. Consideration must to be given to provision of facilities to support Celbridge in fulfilling its potential as a tourism hub.
- Strengthening of the town centre by provision of public amenities and supporting the enhancement of the retail offering would invigorate the local economy.
- Public transport connectivity between Celbridge and surrounding areas must be prioritised in order to support the economic development strategies outlined in the County Development Plan
- The economic development of Celbridge is critical for sustainable growth. Special attention must be focused on generation of employment opportunities in industries that support sectors including, but not limited to, tourism and the knowledge based economy.
While it often feels that many observations made in submissions on public consultations are ignored, we have seen a number of examples of small alterations being made to plans as a direct result of points raised in our submissions.
We are always interested in hearing the views of residents from across the town to help shape any future submissions we make on planning and development proposals that have the potential to impact Celbridge.
- reinstate “Town Centre” zoning at Donaghcumper (rather than “Strategic Open Space” as voted on my Celbridge-Leixlip Municipal District Councillors)
- reduce the amount of land to be zoned “New Residential” at Crodaun.
In January 2018, the High Court granted permission to a developer to challenge the Celbridge Local Area Plan. The developer hoped to develop the lands adjoining Crodaun Forest Park that were de-zoned for residential development as a result of the ministerial direction. The case is due to come back before the court in March 2018.
Celbridge Community Council, like many other local groups and individuals, made detailed submissions to Kildare County Council on
- the draft Local Area Plan,
- subsequent amendments thereto and
- more recently the proposed Ministerial direction.
We attended public meetings to take on board the views of residents from across the town and independently engaged with the local Councillors in an attempt to positively influence the future development of our wonderful town.
- examines each of the proposed Key Development Areas and highlights our views on each
- highlights our concerns that the preparation of a strategic Transport Management Plan and Public Transport Strategy for Celbridge is not being attributed a high enough priority in the Draft LAP – while we are encouraged to see material alterations pertaining to such a plan being included in the Draft LAP, having observed how little was actually implemented from the 2009 Celbridge Traffic Management Plan, we have real concerns for the implementation of the recommendations from any such plan
Please find copies of our submissions below.