Works to open up a landbank to the west of Swords which could deliver up to 3,400 houses are due to begin shortly.

Fingal County Council expects to move forward with its second project funded under the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF) in a matter of weeks.

The local authority is hoping to move forward with plans for road infrastructure at Oldtown-Mooretown, just off the Rathbeale Road, where a new secondary school is due to open next September.

Director of planning and strategic infrastructure AnnMarie Farrelly said the site will ultimately deliver 3,400 homes.

She said: “There’s around 400 houses completed and occupied to date. It’s a very busy site and housing continues to be constructed and delivered month on month.

“The area needs a new school and infrastructure was needed to service the land where it is located. The developer is constructing the internal roads that will ultimately provide access to the new school.”

The development of the Donabate Distributor Road, incorporating a new bridge over the railway line, was the first project under the LIHAF banner to get under way and the council says it is expected to be completed on target in 2019.

Ms Farrelly said: “The Donabate Distributor Road is really important as it delivers alternative access into Donabate as well as opening up lands for the delivery of housing over the next decade or so.”

Meanwhile, work is also continuing to progress lands at Stapolin in Baldoyle, which was the third project granted funding under LIHAF and will require a masterplan to deliver up to 500 units.

Work is progressing on the Compulsory Purchase of lands at the Hole in the Wall Road.

An application for the same has been submitted to An Bord Pleanala and a decision is awaited.

Separately, it has been reported that the former ‘super prison’ site at Thornton Hall in Kilsallaghan near Swords is to be offered for housing to the Land Development Agency.

The Department of Justice has offered up most of the 165-acre site to the newly-formed agency suggesting it retain a parcel of land to construct a smaller prison.

The prison proposal was withdrawn in the face of local opposition leaving the Government with a site that cost €51million but housed little more than a prison horticultural project.