Masterplan for 1,000 Balbriggan housing units on the way

by Padraig Conlon

A masterplan for the delivery of 1,000 housing units on council-owned lands in Balbriggan is due to be published next month.

A key site in Castlelands is earmarked for residential development along with a second site in Hackettstown, Skerries under the Land Development Agency scheme.

Planning and housing officials from Fingal County Council have had a number of meetings with the LDA about the Balbriggan site, which could become one of the first in the country to be developed under the initiative.

Director of planning and strategic infrastructure AnnMarie Farrelly said a masterplan would be produced for Castlelands in advance of any building.

She added: “We are moving towards publishing that masterplan in February and this will facilitate 800 to 1,000 units on the site.

“The LDA, I understand, are ready to move on this as one of their first projects. It is dependent on the delivery of a new road on that land. Preparation of the masterplan is well under way and we will be consulting on that early in 2019.”

Meanwhile, Fingal County Council is overseeing the delivery of housing – a mix of private, social and affordable – on land under its ownership in Donabate, Church Fields in Dublin 15 through its newly-established Project Talamh office.

Ms Farrelly said: “We want to make sure we deliver the right type of housing and the right facilities such as schools, playing facilities and recreational areas.

“These key facilities must be delivered in tandem with the housing.

“We will offer a choice of housing type and tenure.”

Fingal County Council is now looking to procure a partner in the private sector to deliver these lands and is hoping to select a preferred bidder this year.

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