Opposition in Lucan County Dublin to plans for a housing development on land currently used as a stud farm.

The village of Lucan is becoming the centre of fast growing suburban Dublin. It is growing too fast for the residents of Hillcrest Estate in Dodsboro, just outside Lucan. Their 750 house estate could be extended by a further 800 houses on land currently occupied by a stud farm.

The Hillcrest Residents' Association totally reject the development plan by Stein Investment. Tony Kelly chairman of the association is clear the Hillcrest residents are not anti-development. They want to see houses built where there is adequate infrastructure and facilities to accommodate an influx of people.

The residents do not believe Stein Investment is operating in a transparent fashion. Their development proposal has already been rejected by Dublin County Council on two occasions and is now under the planning appeals board.

The residents of Hillcrest Estate lack amenities. The shopping centre in the area is under construction. The Cottage Stores is the only shop serving the area. The national school is a temporary prefabricated building and also serves as the local church. The Hillcrest Residents’ Association members cannot imagine the strain an increased population would put on the area.

Local senator and councillor Brian Lenihan and Teachtaí Dála (TD) Mark Clinton support the Hillcrest Residents’ Association opposition to the Stein Investment development.

The Hillcrest Residents’ Association wish to meet with Stein Investment but are having difficulties finding out who they are.

Nobody is willing to say that they have any connection with the company.

It transpires the principal director of Stein Investment is Captain Tim Rodgers owner of Airlie Stud Farm. He wishes to clear up any confusion about the company.

It is my company it belongs to me; I suppose you could say I’m Stein Investment.

He is happy to meet with members of the Hillcrest Residents’ Association whenever they wish.

Captain Tim Rodgers’ stud farm is zoned for agriculture. At the appeals board he will argue it is used for something else. If he is successful, planning permission will see the land price rise to £20,00 to £30,000 per acre.

Lecturer of Law in Trinity College Yvonne Scannell thinks it is important that people know who they are dealing with, especially at the planning appeals stage. She also believes it is in the developer’s interest to have the cooperation of local people.

Planning is a democratic process and the more cooperation the better.

A 'Newsround’ report broadcast on 1 May 1977. The reporter is Brendan O'Brien.