€36.5m Honeypark housing deal agreed

by Emma Nolan

DUN Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council have agreed a housing deal worth €36.5m with Cosgrave Developments to build 124 social housing units at the Honeypark development at the site of the old Dun Laoghaire Golf Club, in accordance with the Planning and Development Acts 2000 – 2015 and the Urban Regeneration and Housing Act 2015.
The housing units will be built on the northern side of the former Dun Laoghaire Golf Club lands at Gleanageary Road Upper, Eglington Park which were acquired by Cosgrave as part of a package agreed with the trustees of the club, in advance of their move to their current site in Ballyman.
The building works will commence in 2016 and will be offered to those currently on the council’s social housing list. The planned units consist of 25 one-bed units, 77 two-bed units, and 22 three-bed units.
Cllr Victor Boyhan (Ind) welcomed the deal, saying he is “particularly pleased” with the sizes of the units agreed.
He said: “The council currently has more than 5,500 applicants on its social housing list. This deal is significant, and has come about as a result of conditions attached to the planning consent issued by An Bord Pleanala to Cosgrave Developments for the construction of mix-residential development on the site.
“The overall acquisition cost to the council for the 124 social housing units is €36,516,551, and demonstrate the council’s commitment to deliver new social and affordable homes in the centre of Dun Laoghaire.”
The decision was welcomed by another Independent councillor, Michael Merrigan, who praised the council’s actions but maintained that a lot more needs to be done in relation to the current housing crisis.
He told The Gazette: “The acquisition of 124 homes by the council at the northern end of the Dun Laoghaire Golf Club site is to be warmly welcomed as a major step in the right direction, but much more needs to be done if we are to tackle the ever-increasing housing waiting lists.
“Nothing but the direct provision of social housing and publicly-owned residential rental accommodation, as part of a multi-annual programme, can hope to provide a sustainable solution to the housing crisis in this county.”
Cosgrave Development said they are pleased to contribute towards alleviating the homeless crisis.
One of the company’s directors, Peter Cosrgrave, told The Gazette: “Cosgrave Developments are delighted to have reached agreement with Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council on the delivery of the balance of social housing in our Dun Laoghaire development.
“These homes are much needed in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown and will be delivered as soon as is practically possible.”
The council is also pleased to be making progress on tackling the housing crisis in the constituency
A council spokesperson told The Gazette: “The council is committed to providing high-quality social housing and is pleased to have secured 124 new units on this site.”

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