Council advances plans for 500 houses in Tallaght

by Gazette Reporter
South Dublin County Council

SOUTH Dublin County Council (SDCC) is seeking a contractor to build 500 new houses in Killinarden, Tallaght which are due to come on stream by 2025.

The site has the capacity for 500 homes, subject to planning permission, with a split of 300 affordable, 100 social and 100 private units.

A creche, community centre, sports pavilion and high-quality park are also included in the scheme which is now out for tender.

The Kilinarden site is one part of the allocation of €18 million in 2019 to SDCC through the government’s Serviced Sites Fund to support the development of three sites earmarked for the delivery of affordable homes.

The other sites will be placed in Rathcoole and the planned new community in the Clonburris Strategic Development Zone.

SDCC Mayor Cllr Ed O’Brien welcomed the progress describing the project as a “key part” of the local authority’s overall housing plans for coming years.

He added: “This large-scale mix of social, affordable and private housing will kick start the council’s overall plan for housing. Most importantly, it brings a step closer the opportunity to house up to 500 families in an area that is in great need of these homes.”

The project on a site opposite Killinarden Heights and adjacent to Elder Heath and Hazelgrove was voted through by councillors at a meeting in March.

At the time projected costs for the affordable two-bed apartment/duplex units (113 of them) was estimated at €212,500, with three-bed house (185 units) priced at €263,500 and four-bed houses (two units) at €289,000.

However at the time Cllr Louise Dunne (SF) urged the council to reconsider, adding: “These are not affordable for people who are looking to buy.”

Madeleine Johansson (PBP) warned the scheme “doesn’t go far enough” and 100 private homes was too many.

Cllr Pamela Kearns said there was a need to start thinking of “people in the middle who cannot afford a new home”.

According to the council, 2,345 expressions of interest had been received through the portal by March with 1,515 people indicating a preference for Killinarden, of which 382 were first preferences, with 401 second preferences and 732 third preferences.

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