Fears housing project may become a ghetto

by Sylvia Pownall
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Deputy Eoin O Broin said the rise in homeless figures was "shocking"

A LOCAL TD has called for “significant changes” to the council’s plan for 109 social housing units at The Grange amid fears it could become an amenity-starved ghetto.
Deputy Eoin O Broin (SF) outlined a number of changes in a detailed submission lodged with South Dublin County Council last Friday.
He says the results of a survey of local residents carried out by Sinn Fein point to a number of concerns – including fears that the houses will not be integrated into the larger future development.
The 109 units will be built via a public-private-partnership as the first phase of a major development at The Grange/Kilcarbery, which is identified as a strategic zone for urban housing.
Deputy O Broin said: “Sinn Fein has long campaigned for a council-led mixed tenure development on The Grange site in Clondalkin.
“We want to see a mixture of social, affordable rental and affordable sale houses integrated with social and economic amenities for the wider community.
“Unfortunately, central Government is refusing to release the funds required for such a development.
“Instead the Department of Housing is insisting on two separate developments, both funded by private interests.
“The first phase is a public-private-partnership project for 109 social houses adjacent to Kilcarbery and Cherrywood.
“Following an extensive consultation with local residents in Oldchurch, Kilcarbery and Cherrywood we have made a detailed submission to the council for consideration.
“While a majority were favourable to the housing proposal, there was concern that the houses are not being properly integrated into the larger future development.
“There were also concerns regarding possible flooding at Corkagh Park.”
Sinn Fein has outlined a number of significant changes to the proposal which are intended to address the integration, flooding and infrastructure/amenities issues.
Deputy O Broin said: “Clondalkin desperately needs more social and affordable housing.
“However, any development must avoid the mistakes of the past and ensure that houses and amenities are developed in tandem and in a way provides for stable and sustainable communities.”

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