€5m site in Ballyogan earmarked for social housing

by Gary Ibbotson

A vacant site in Ballyogan worth €5m has been earmarked for the development of social housing.

Located between Ballyogan Drive, Ballyogan Wood and Ballyogan Park, the site has been on the vacant site register since February 2018 but now it looks like it will be the location for a selection of new homes.

The site is owned by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and it proposes the construction of 40 one-bed apartments, 12 two-bed apartments, 59 two-bed houses and eight three-bed houses.

Part 8, Article 81 of the Planning and Development Regulations, 2001-2018, allows a local authority to apply for planning permission for projects they wish to undertake.

A Building Lifecycle Report was submitted with the planning application. In it, it says that the apartment blocks will range from four to five stories high with the houses being the standard two stories high.

The report says that “the amount due from each unit will be proportionately based on its floor area.

“It is expected that floor and maintenance costs will be in the region of 15% of annual rent.”

The report also says that there is good “local connections to both bus and Ballyogan Luas stops” and “traffic within the development will be calmed with pedestrian area build outs.”

It is expected the construction of the dwellings will go up for tender if the application is approved.

Local Labour councillor Lettie McCarthy says she has her concerns.

“I am disappointed with the segregation of social and affordable housing,” she says.

“The main reason the affordable units will be delivered last is the complete failure of this government to introduce an affordable housing scheme.”

“The real issue that I find shocking is the omission from the council that they only intend to construct 194 social housing units by the end of 2021,” says People Before Profit councillor Hugh Lewis.

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