Plan to build 600 social and affordable homes on State land ‘a statement of intent’, says LDA

Major plans to build 598 social and affordable homes on State lands have been unveiled. The joint announcement by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the Land Development Agency (LDA) is one of the first projects driven by the LDA’s mission to make state land available to build housing.

Major plans to build 598 social and affordable homes on State lands have been unveiled.

The joint announcement by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the Land Development Agency (LDA) is one of the first projects driven by the LDA’s mission to make State land available to build housing.

The Shankill project requires approval from councillors and An Bord Pleanála, which will receive the planning application next month.

The development site is beside Shanganagh Castle and Shanganagh Park, south of Shankill. A proposed Dart station at Woodbrook would be about 10 minutes’ walk away.

The project, if approved as proposed, would build 307 “cost rental” homes, 200 social homes and a further 91 homes to be offered for purchase at discounted rates.

LDA chief executive John Coleman said it “will be one of the largest residential construction projects in Ireland and is a major statement of our intent to help renters, buyers and people in need of social housing with large-scale delivery of high-quality new homes”.

Separately, developer Gerry Gannon has been given the go-ahead by An Bord Pleanála to build more than 1,400 apartments at Clongriffin in north Dublin.

But his company has been told it can’t yet build more than 100 units it intended to construct there as space must be reserved for a new school in the densely populated area.

Plans for the housing scheme were submitted under the fast-track Strategic Housing Development legislation.

And An Bord Pleanála has also given the green light for 368 student bed spaces in Dublin’s Liberties area, where the promoters are promising something “akin to a boutique hotel”.

Ardee Point is to be operated by “luxury high-end” UK-based student accommodation operator Nido Student.

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