Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin South West, John Lahart has said that developers must consult with local residents regarding the proposed development of large scale residential and commercial units in Cookstown.

The Deputy was commenting following his attendance at a public meeting in Tallaght on the matter last week.

He said, “The rejuvenation of dilapidated parts of our area such as the Cookstown Industrial Estate is absolutely essential. There is also a very strong demand for good quality residential development in our area. However, residents are concerned that developers may use those twin pressures as a pretext for inappropriate development.

“It is important that we all learn the lessons of the past and ensure that development of this site is appropriate, reflects the character of the area and is proportionate to the services and infrastructure that is in place.

“Everyone wants the development at Cookstown to be a completely integrated part of the community in this part of Dublin South West. It is essential therefore that concerns raised by local groups including the relevant residential associations must be adequately heard and addressed.

“South Dublin County Council together with representatives of the development company at the centre of these plans should engage with locals to share their vision for the regeneration of the area and provide the assurances that people are seeking” concluded Deputy Lahart.