Council to build 119 affordable and social homes on vacant Ballyogan site

by Gary Ibbotson

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council plans to build 119 social and affordable homes at a vacant site in Ballyogan valued at €5 million.

In April this year, Dublin Gazette reported that the 2.4-hectare plot of land was earmarked for social housing and was the subject of a Part 8 planning application by the local council.

It would now appear that the Part 8 application has been approved as the council has moved to call for tenders for architects to oversee the construction of the 67 houses and 52 apartments. A tender will be also be issued for the contract to design, build and operate.

Just over €2 million in infrastructure funding for the site was recently made available by The Department of Housing which will accommodate 52 of the homes to be used as affordable housing.

This number may be increased, however, as the balance between social and affordable homes has yet to be finalised and will be based on tender prices.

The new housing estate consisting of affordable homes will be the first of its kind built by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council in over a decade.

In a statement, the council said that the “housing development will be delivered through rapid-build construction methods, there will be a period of detailed design to be carried our by the contractor following their appointment, during which time the site will be prepared.

“However, it is anticipated that progress will be rapid once construction commences on site. It is envisioned that construction on site will take approximately 12-14 months, with homes being delivered in 2021.”

Local Green Party councillor, Deirdre Ni Fhloinn said she thinks the development is a good first step in implementing more affordable housing: “The excellent design by the council’s in-house architectural team makes good use of the space available and will cater for a variety of households,” she said.

“The location is well served with access to the M50 and the Luas, and it will be close to the proposed pedestrian and cycle crossings of the M50 proposed in the Ballyogan and environs Local Area Plan adopted by the Council in July. 

“The increased development in Ballyogan does highlight, however, the pressing need for improvements in transport options for local residents, including more frequent bus and Luas services and improved cycle and pedestrian routes.”

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