Calls for D15 infrastructure upgrades as housing soars

by Sylvia Pownall

Traffic gridlock in west Dublin is set to reach epic proportions if infrastructure does not keep up with housing developments, it has been claimed.

Several planning applications have been submitted for the Hansfield Strategic Development Zone in Dublin 15, leading to calls for roads to be upgraded.

Cllr Tania Doyle (Ind), who has campaigned for more social and affordable housing, called for a complete overhaul of the public transport network, adding:

“What we need is sustainable development.

“We need a complete overhaul of the public transport network or our roads, which are close to capacity as it is, will grind to a halt.

“Bus Connects and Hansfield Rail Station will not cater for footfall from the addition of new residents. “We need to take a hard look at how we plan and how we develop lands within Dublin 15 so the generations to come won’t be left with total gridlock every day.”

In December, Hansfield Investments Ltd lodged an application with the council for 200 units on a site within the SDZ to deliver 117 houses and 83 apartments in four- and five-storey blocks.

Listed landlord Irish Residential Properties (Ires) Reit is bringing more than 90 homes at Hansfield Wood that it bought late last year to the market and it plans further building at Hansfield in 2019.

A third development at Mulhuddart, on the site of Paidi Og’s pub, is earmarked for 46 apartments, 88 car parking spaces and a number of commercial units.

Cllr Paul Donnelly (SF) has called for traffic management at the N3/Littlepace slip road which is already at capacity.

He said: “I am concerned that they are again forgetting to put the infrastructure in place before the developments.”

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