597 social and affordable homes for Shankill

by Gazette Reporter

PLANNING permission has been approved for 597 social and affordable homes on a 22-acre site beside Shanganagh Castle in Shankill with the first units due in 202

The scheme is 100% social and affordable – the largest in the country – and was developed by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the Land Development Agency.
Construction on the 546 apartments and 51 houses is expected to start in the first half of 2021 and the low energy, sustainable units will be designed to support working from home.

The approval for 597 new homes consists of 200 social units, 91 homes for purchase under an affordable purchase scheme, and 306 affordable cost-rental homes.

The affordable purchase homes will be provided by way of the government’s upcoming shared ownership scheme.

The affordable rental homes will be provided through cost rental, which is a new form of tenure in Ireland. Long term security of tenure will be provided for the rental homes.

The types of homes available will include 51 terraced and semi-detached houses consisting of 21 two beds and 30 three-beds, and 546 apartments (two four-beds, 99 three-beds, 302 two-beds, 165 one-beds and 29 studios).

The site will be within 10 minutes’ walk of the proposed DART station at Woodbrook and BusConnects route on the nearby Dublin Road (N11).

Councillors will be required to sign off on the proposal before it advances – with some expressing reservations over parking and density in the early stages.

Under sustainability features it has a low parking provison – 0.56 spaces per home (365 in total) – with over 1,300 bicycle parking spaces by contrast.

Council Chief Executive, Philomena Poole, said: “This planning grant is one of the most significant steps forward in delivery of housing in DLR and it underlines the council’s commitment to delivering affordable homes for people at all income levels.”

Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien welcomed the decision and commended the council and the LDA for their work.  

He added: “An overriding objective of the Government’s housing policy is to make homes more affordable. 100% of this proposed development is for social and affordable homes.

“I am also heartened to see that the development will be one of the largest in Europe to achieve the ‘passive house’ low energy use standard.”

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