It comes as a jolt, if not a surprise, to see the fields below Tibradden finally put on the market by NAMA, advertised as ‘a greenfield site’ through Jones Lang Lasalle. Our negotiations with Bernard MacNamara over these same fields and the potential purchase of some of our land are recounted in The Crocodile by the Door. 99.4 acres at Kilmashogue are for sale, to include Featherstone’s Golf Club, Clubhouse, and more pertinently, the five fields immediately below the Lawn at Tibradden. Although zoned B, ‘for rural amenity and the promotion of agriculture’ in the last Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown County Development Plan, the brochure points out that:
“Rathfarnham has seen considerable development of Residential family homes to include Woodstown, Hunterswood and Stocking Wood being the more recent developments.”
There are still sheep and cattle grazing these fields; it is still bucolic, with the mature woodland planted in the 1860s along the banks of the Glin River by Thomas Hosea Guinness, stretching seamlessly into the demesnes of Marlay Park, St. Enda’s, Rathfarnham Castle and Bushy Park. You can see these woods for yourself on the aerial photograph here:
The brochure is not pitched at farmers – though if anyone wishes to propose an agricultural partnership in South Dublin, I’m all ears. And so, we will have to see whether the renewed interest in building Affordable Housing Schemes in Dublin, that swift back-door through the planning process, will stimulate interest and gain any purchase on the 2016 Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown Development Plan. It feels like we don’t have long. More anon.