Rebels pass D18 shops rezone plan - National News, Frontpage - Herald.ie
By Maeve Galvin
Wednesday April 14 2010
COUNCILLORS have defied the Environment Minister in moving to rezone a shopping centre development in Carrickmines.
The move to extend the retail development at The Park, which is just off the M50, goes against the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council's development plan, which was signed off on last Thursday.
Following a debate at last night's council meeting, councillors passed the motion to vary the development plan and provide for a district centre by 15 votes to 13.
This flies in the face of Environment Minister John Gormley's orders last month that directed the council not to rezone the Carrickmines land.
Several councillors spoke out against the move. Labour councillor Richard Humphreys, a barrister, told the chamber that the move "wasn't a lawful motion".
He said: "There is a legal obligation to comply with the minister's regulation.
"In addition this would undermine the Cherrywood development and negatively impact on this council's interests. I feel that it would be ludicrous and making a mockery of this council for us to pass this."
Fine Gael's Tom Joyce, Jim O'Leary, Barry Ward, John Bailey and Maria Bailey, and independent councillor Gearoid O'Keeffe put forward the motion, which aims to extend the retail land in Dublin 18 by 10,000sqm.
It also proposes to reduce the retail land at the Cherrywood development by the same amount.
Proposers of the motion said that they had been approached by developers who want to put in amenities such as a cinema, supermarket, leisure centre and restaurant, which would create 800 jobs.
Councillor Jim O'Leary said that the move was in the interest of creating jobs for the county.
Council management now plans to seek legal advice and report back to the council on the issue.
- Maeve Galvin