Goatstown traffic: Locals fear plans may swamp gridlocked suburb – The Irish Times

No one would pretend Goatstown, 9km south of Dublin city centre, is a rural idyll hidden in some bucolic time warp.

As with much of Co Dublin it began its transformation from farmland to suburb in the 1960s, radically changing in the 1970s, with the development of large estates of two-storey, semi-detached houses. This continued into the 1980s and to a lesser extent the 1990s.

The last boom saw a change in character with a move towards apartment schemes. However, it is with the most recent spurt of growth, prompted by the introduction of the Strategic Housing Development (SHD) system, that it seems to have really hit home with locals that they could soon be living in a very changed world.

Under the SHD process, applications for more than 100 homes, or blocks of 200 student bed spaces, are made directly to An Bord Pleanála, bypassing the local authority

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