Community rejoice as 25% of Poolbeg development to be social housing

by Rachel Darcy

Nearly 900 social housing units will be developed in the Ringsend area, after planning permission was given for a huge new housing development.

The homes at the massive new Poolbeg West ‘city quarter’ were given planning permission from An Bord Pleanala last week and will see more than 3,500 homes built in the south-inner city region.

The development will be built on the former Irish Glass Bottle site in the locality, as well as on a site known as the ‘Fabriza’ site.

Approximately 20-25% of the units have been earmarked for a mix of social and affordable housing, marking a huge win for locals who have protested relentlessly for developers to maintain their promise to deliver social housing.

Legally, developers must provide 10% of any housing developed for social housing, meaning that the Poolbeg development provides more than double the required amount.

The news has been welcomed by locals, politicians and business groups alike, with many locals saying previously they had fears for the existing community being priced out of the local market due to an increase in multinational businesses locally.

In a popular local Facebook group for Ringsend, many people said that news of the level of social housing was much wanted in the area.

Marie Mullen said: “This is great. Hopefully we can keep more local family’s [sic] together in the area. The boom is good but outpricing a lot of us out.”

Eileen Donaldson said: “Thank you to all who fought for these homes, you know who you are and I appreciate your time and effort you have given to this community.”

Labour Senator Kevin Humphries said that the Poolbeg West development will enable the development of a community in the city.

Senator Humphries said: “This development will allow a sustainable community to grow up just 25 minutes outside of the city centre.

“Dublin City should always be maintained as a place for people to work and live. Such developments will contribute to that.”

Mary Rose Burke, chief executive of business group Dublin Chamber, said that after years of discussing the development, it’s good for businesses and locals to finally see some progress.

Burke said: “We’ve been talking about building houses on the Poolbeg West site for far too long. The granting of planning permission means that the talking can finally stop and the building work can begin.

“The Poolbeg West scheme has the potential to deliver exactly the kind of integrated, high-density solution that Dublin urgently requires.

“The delivery of the Poolbeg scheme will make a real dent in the housing shortage, so this is very welcome news for Dublin.”

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