Reply To: Dublin’s sprawl threatens to choke the nation
It does come in pockets as you say and it also comes in lines, one of the major problems here is ribbon development. Where you entered fields on the Southern rail line is almost like a green lung for Dublin.
Immediately to the North is an area called Lucan that has 1000’s of typical 3 bed semi-detatched houses at a density of 16 or less to the acre. To the South is Tallaght which again has 1000’s of low density houses.
The real problems in Dublin are not towards the Airport or along the southern rail line but radiate from major roads. Land prices were very cheap in Dublin until recently which made selling low spec low density housing very profitable.
Now land prices are high at least half the settlement is occuring 30-120 kms away from Central Dublin in the County towns of the adjoining counties. It is leading to a similar phenonenum experienced in the UK in the late 1980’s