Almost €15 million has been allocated to activate land at three key sites which will allow for the delivery of 1,500 affordable homes.

Fingal County Council this week welcomed funding of €14.6 million for the provision of strategic infrastructure on land it owns in Mulhuddart, Skerries and Lusk.

Approval in principle has been granted by the Department of Housing for the projects at Church Fields in Mulhuddart, Hackettstown in Skerries, and Dun Emer in Lusk.

The Church Fields project will receive €11 million towards the upgrade of Wellview Avenue, the provision of green infrastructure, a new neighbourhood centre and three community buildings.

A further €2.1 million is earmarked for the Hackettstown land in Skerries for the widening of Golf Links Road, a new bridge and a new north-south access road.

In Lusk, €1.5 million has been approved for lands at Dun Emer which will allow for the reconstruction of Kilhedge Lane.

A fourth application for lands at Cappagh in Dublin 11 remains under active consideration by the Department.

The Church Fields site in local authority ownership covers 90 acres and the council says a land management plan has the potential to support 1,000 homes “with a proposed tenure mix of social units, private discounted units, cost rental units and older people’s accommodation”.

Expressing her delight at the investment, Cllr Mary McCamley (Lab) told Dublin Gazette: “I would welcome this funding and look forward to a new Mulhuddart.”

Cllr Paul Donnelly (SF) also welcomed the funding and said the Church Fields project represented a significant challenge because of its “difficult topography”.

One of the objectives is to provide a linear park and walkway from the elevated site to the Tolka Valley.

Cllr Donnelly told Dublin Gazette: “There should be no need for us to rely on a private developer to sell private units to fund the rest of this project. We want to see affordable and social housing.

“The Government are telling us the money is there. We have a shovel-ready scheme here.”

Cllr Donnelly said most people still could not afford to buy their own home, with three-bed semis in Ongar now commanding anything from €360,000 to €400,000.

Senator James Reilly welcomed the funding and said it would deliver 157 affordable homes in Skerries and Lusk.

The council’s director of housing and community, Margaret Geraghty, said: “This funding will enable the delivery of social, affordable purchase and affordable rental homes on strategically located sites across the region.”

The Church Fields project is one of three driven by the council’s Project Talamh team, along with Ballymastone in Donabate where 1,200 homes will be delivered and another key site in Baldoyle.