Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has announced that it will be applying for planning permission for the construction of 13 new social homes in Rockville Drive on the Glenamuck Road.

At the annual general meeting, which was the first for 15 new councillors, it was agreed upon to submit the proposal as part of the Part 8 scheme.

The Part 8 scheme allows for the application of planning permission for projects by local authorities – such as the construction of social housing or new roads.

The proposal consists of the development of 13 two storey dwellings with seven two-bed houses and six three-bed houses.

However, discussions at the June meeting revolved around the proposed available green space illustrated in the plans for the Glenamuck Road site.

“Submissions were made to me and to other Councillors in relation to various aspects of the scheme, citing concerns including existing traffic speeds on the adjoining road and the amount of green space in the new development,” says newly elected Green Part councillor, Deirdre Ni Fhloinn.

“The site had been used for recreation for some years by local residents.

“A motion from the ward Councillors for a significant addition to the green space for public use was also approved,” says Ni Fhloinn.

The original scheme suggested that 13.5% of the available space should be earmarked for green parkland.

However, this figure was increased to 20% after local residents submitted observations to the council requesting for more recreational land to be made available.

“I wish there had been a way of getting more green space without dooming children to homelessness longer than necessary,” said Labour councillor Lettie McCarthy.

“All options were explored with the architects, including reconfiguring some of the 2/3 beds to one bed but families were given priority. 

“There will be an overall 20% of green/open space to be shared by existing and new residents which isn’t ideal given the confines of Glenamuck Cottages/Rockville Drive.”