FUNDING of €26.5 million announced on Tuesday will pave the way for 6,900 new homes to be built in Fingal – with 2,800 of them due by 2021.
The money was allocated for infrastructure servicing three key development zones on the Donabate peninsula, at Stapolin in Baldoyle and in the Mooretown area of west Swords.
The Donabate Distributor Road will get the bulk of the cash – €15.5 million – allowing for 1,200 housing units to be built in the short term and 2,200 in the long term.
A further €6.8 million is earmarked for road upgrades, wetlands and a park in the Baldoyle Stapolin area leading to 800 housing units by 2021 and 1,500 in total.
Road upgrades in Oldtown-Mooretown at a cost of €4.9 million will allow for 800 housing units over the next five years and 3,200 in the long term.
Fingal County Council welcomed news of the cash boost under the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF).
Council chief Paul Reid said: “This is will allow us to continue to build on the great progress Fingal has made in recent years in creating an environment where houses can be built.
“We have local area plans in each of the three areas and this funding will allow us to quickly unlock the development potential of zoned residential lands there as we are ready to proceed on these projects.”
Fingal’s Mayor, Cllr Darragh Butler (FF), said: “I welcome this investment in what are three crucial pieces of strategic infrastructure. I look forward to seeing work commence as soon as possible so that houses can be built.”
He said he hoped this was the start of a regular investment plan for strategic infrastructure and called for other prime sites in Balbriggan, Skerries Rush and Dublin 15 to be included.
The objective of the LIHAF fund is to provide public off-site infrastructure – with local authorities working in partnership with private operators – to address access issues and free up land for development.
There is currently planning permission in place for over 10,000 homes in Fingal and a number of key areas are earmarked for rezoning under the new development plan which sets out a blueprint for planning until 2023.
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