Fianna Fáil Senator Catherine Ardagh has said community engagement should be to the fore as the old Player Wills factory, Bailey Gibson yard, and St. Teresa’s Gardens site are redeveloped for housing and other facilities.

The Crumlin based Senator explained, “There has been much concern in our area toward any potential development of the South Circular Road site. I attended the open day at the site to view the potential plans and have been engaging with senior officials in Dublin City Council. It is vital that any development is done in consultation with local considerations.

“I know residents have expressed concerns regarding the height of the proposed development. We need to be mindful of the architecture of the surrounding environment. We cannot allow a monstrous structure dwarfing all around it.

“It is also imperative that a full-size football pitch is included in any development. We have local sports clubs seeking a home and this can be their solution.

“We are in the midst of a housing crisis with many people being priced out of homes in the area they grew up in. Any new development on the South Circular Road should include a mix of affordable and social housing.

“There are potentially 1400 new apartments in this development. I would urge Dublin City Council, who have a stake in this site, to ensure local residents are accommodated as a part of this project.

“I look forward to seeing the final plans for the site when planning permission is sought. I will be submitting my own formal observations to our local authority so local views are represented,” concluded Senator Ardagh.