Prefab site at Wellview draws mixed reaction

by Gazette Reporter

THE announcement that 20 modular homes will be built at Wellview Green, Mulhuddart, in the coming months has received a mixed reaction from local politicians.
The four Dublin local authorities have committed to providing 500 modular homes in 2016, and up to 100 of these will be in Fingal.
This announcement follows Dublin City Council’s decision to locate a number of modular homes in Poppintree in Ballymun and Labre Park in Ballyfermot.
All three are among the most socially disadvantaged areas in Dublin.
Deputy Ruth Coppinger (SP) has said she is not surprised that all the modular housing is being located in the most disadvantaged areas and that she predicted this some months ago.
She added that the modular homes in Wellview must be accompanied by a proposal for permanent homes on this site and the creation of a proper community housing estate that was always planned here.
“Wellview has had problems of anti-social behaviour and isolation and well-planned housing here could be a real benefit.
“In reality, permanent homes are no more expensive – particularly when the council owns the land – and only take a few months longer to construct.
“Private housing has been built half a mile away, for example, in Hollywoodrath, Tyrrelstown, in three months. The council can do the same.”
Housing Strategic Policy Committee member Cllr Kieran Dennison (FG) welcomed the initiative, but said he would like to see this scaled up to deal with the homeless crisis.
“With an ever increasing social housing list and so many homeless families having to be accommodated in hotels, this new type of build can provide good quality housing much quicker than traditional bricks and mortar and we need more of it.”
He said Wellview was chosen as there were limited sites owned by the council that are zoned residential with accessibility to water, sewage and electricity connections.
“What there are tend to be adjacent to existing social housing estates such as Wellview.
“They were never built out as originally intended but will be now with permanent or m​odular housing.”

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