Cautious welcome for housing on Mooretown land in Swords

500-600 housing units as FCC develop masterplan now

by Rose Barrett
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Fingal County Council is aiming to deliver between 500 and 600 housing units on land in Mooretown, to be completed in two phases.

The site is located between Swords Community College and Cianlea, with the first phase expected to deliver up to 300 units, and hopefully, to commence under new fast-track legislation in the next two months. While the new legislation encourages local authorities to fast track proposals for affordable and social housing, it also reduces the length of time for public consultation and response.

Under Section 179A of the Planning & Development Act designed to speed up the delivery of social, affordable and cost rental housing, FCC already have designers working on a masterplan for Phase 1; local council members will be briefed on the plan soon, prior to the final design being brought before the full council in April or May next. The new fast-track legislation applies to all council housing applications until the end of this year.

Cllr Ian Carey (GP for Swords) highlighted the shortened time of six weeks only for public consultation with compared previously with the ‘Part 8’ process, Now the public only have that brief duration to take a case to the High Court.

However, he welcomed FCCmoving forward with ambitious plans for the site, “especially as the site has been zoned for so long without any movement on it. We are in a housing crisis and we need to move quickly to help people badly in need of homes.

“I hope the area will remain as true as possible to the expired Local Area Plan, which included two parks and strong connectivity through the area. I would also like to see a mixed tenure type used as it is a substantial site. A good mix of social, affordable, cost rental, and purchase would give everyone in the community an opportunity to avail of housing there.”

Cllr Ann Graves (SF for Swords) stated: “All social, affordable and cost rental housing is to be welcomed -we are dealing with the worst housing emergency in the history of the state. However, this emergency has been caused by successive governments who have failed to deal with the provision of housing.”

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