Cautious welcome as 1,200 homes greenlit on council land in Donabate

by Sylvia Pownall

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Details of how council-owned land in Donabate will be developed to deliver up to 1,200 homes have been given a cautious welcome.

Fingal County Council has begun the tender process for the Ballymastone site – the next step towards a private scheme which is expected to include 20% affordable and 20% social housing.

It is one of three landbanks owned by the local authority, along with Church Fields in Mulhuddart and Cappaghfinn in D11, which have the potential to provide 2,200 units.

Documents relating to procurement will be accessible through the etenders website and the council says the process will be subject to relevant planning.

Councillors have been briefed on the plans which envisage the completion of housing units at a rate of 100 per year on the 52-hectare site – with 16 hectares set aside for a sports and community hub costing €1.5 million.

Developers will be asked to submit plans to build 720 homes to be sold privately, along with 240 affordable homes (also sold privately), and 240 social houses.

The 80% private units will be directed by a management company while FCC will have responsibility for the social units.

Donabate Portrane Community Council welcomes reports that the project will be sustainable and provide adequate infrastructure to support a growing population. It will also include housing for the elderly.

Social housing will be “pepper potted” throughout the development and property will be allocated in such a way that the social or affordable units will not be indicated to the purchaser.

However, DPCC has questioned why there is not more urgency about providing a school at Spires East – identified in the Local Area Plan as the first of the four new schools in Donabate – and has requested a meeting to discuss this further.

Sustaining Proper Development Donabate has also questioned the lack of plans for a school at Spires East, noting that plans for a new school at Corballis may mean the Spires East school will have to wait.

Fine Gael local area representative Bob Dowling said: “Having campaigned strongly on this issue to be more inclusive, I broadly welcome the plans as they form the basis of building a sustainable community in Donabate.

“However, there are areas such as the lack of commercial development and shops and the development of a primary school in Spire East which need to be incorporated.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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