LDA and DCC to build 146 homes in Coolock
- Permission secured under new fast-track provision
- Construction due to start later this year
- Housing mix to include social and cost rental homes
The Land Development Agency (LDA) and Dublin City Council (DCC) have secured permission to build 146 new homes in Coolock in Dublin 5. The Cromcastle development will include 13 social and 133 cost rental homes, as well as new community, cultural and open spaces. The 1.7 acre site, owned by Dublin City Council, is located at the junction of Oscar Traynor Road and Kilmore road, near Beaumont Hospital and opposite the Northside Shopping Centre. Construction is due to start by Q4 of this year and the LDA has already issued a tender for a contractor to undertake the work. Permission for the Cromcastle development was secured by the Land Development Agency and Dublin City Council under a new planning provision introduced for local authorities by the Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien TD, in March of last year. The S179A temporary exemption allows local authorities to fast-track urgently needed social and affordable housing developments on State-owned lands zoned for residential use. This is first time it has been used for an LDA project. The development will include apartments, public open spaces and communal amenities with new landscaping, a new public plaza and green spaces to enhance biodiversity. It also provides excellent access to amenities, transport and services in the Dublin 5 locality. Cromcastle is just one of a number of developments being delivered by the Land Development Agency in partnership with Dublin City Council. Planning permission for 543 homes in St Teresa’s Gardens in Dublin’s south inner city was granted last year, while permission for 708 homes in Cherry Orchard Point in west Dublin has recently been sought. A fourth partnership project in Bluebell in Dublin 12 is currently in the pre-application stage.
Phelim O’Neill, Head of Property at the LDA said: “It’s fantastic to have secured planning permission for another development in partnership with Dublin City Council. This is a key site in a great area where there is a significant demand for affordable housing, so we are excited to be able to get construction underway. The 146 high-quality cost rental and social homes in Cromcastle will be well-served with ready access to all local amenities and essential services. The development will also add to the existing neighbourhood with new pedestrian routes and public spaces.
“Cost rental is a really important product and the LDA is constantly working to increase supply. These homes are aimed at renters who do not qualify for social housing but who can’t afford to rent at full market prices. The rent for these homes is set at least 25% below market rates and we have experienced significant demand for the schemes we have already launched,” he added.
Dave Dinnigan, Director of Housing Delivery at Dublin City Council said: “We are pleased to have secured planning permission for these homes, working in partnership with the LDA, the local elected members and the community. Cromcastle will add to the housing supply in Dublin 5 and will complement another development that DCC is working on at an adjacent site. This is one of a number of projects we are delivering through a partnership with the LDA, and the Agency’s expertise and experience is proving to be very effective in getting joint projects to construction as quickly as possible.”
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The LDA is the State’s affordable housing delivery body. It is in the process of delivering more than 10,000 homes on State-owned land and over 8,000 through the Government’s Project Tosaigh initiative.
The Agency has existing planning permission for around 6,000 affordable homes on State-owned lands with many projects already under construction and others at advanced planning stage.
In addition to the direct delivery of homes on state-owned or private land, the LDA is overseeing Project Tosaigh, an initiative whereby the agency steps in to purchase stalled or unviable housing projects and then makes the homes available to renters or to buyers at costs significantly below market rents or full market purchase prices. Under this scheme, the LDA is planning to deliver at least 8,000 homes by 2028 with significant numbers of these already delivered.
The LDA produced the Report on Relevant Public Land, which advised the government of the potential to deliver 67,000 homes on 83 underutilised State-owned sites. It also announced plans to purchase private sites with planning permission in the country’s five major cities.
The LDA’s direct delivery projects include the construction of 265 homes at St Kevin’s Hospital in Cork, a former HSE site, and the development of 597 homes in Shanganagh in Dublin in partnership with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.
It also includes 817 homes at a site at Castlelands in Balbriggan in Dublin, 345 in Hacketstown in Skerries in Dublin, 219 at Devoy Barracks in Naas, Co. Kildare, 852 on the former Central Mental Hospital site in Dundrum, Dublin 14 and 543 at St Teresa’s Gardens in Dublin’s south inner city in partnership with Dublin City Council. The Agency also recently purchased a major site in Clongriffin in Dublin, which has the potential to deliver 2,200 homes.
Project Tosaigh is an LDA initiative, whereby the Agency steps in to kick-start stalled or unviable housing projects and then makes the new homes available to renters on a cost rental basis or to purchasers at an affordable price.
The LDA has already launched a number of Project Tosaigh schemes. They include the release of 142 cost rental homes in Archers Wood in Delgany in Wicklow and 95 homes in Parklands on Fortunestown Lane in Citywest in Dublin.
In January 2024, the LDA announced the release of over 600 homes in four locations including 247 at Barnwell Point Apartments in Hansfield in Dublin 15, 236 at The Quarter in Citywest, 86 in Dun Óir in Kilternan in Dublin and 52 in Harpur Lane in Leixlip, Co Kildare.
The Agency has also launched a number of affordable purchase Project Tosaigh developments. These include the phased launch of 92 homes in Clonmore in Mallow in Cork, 95 in Summerfields in Kilbarry in Waterford and 50 in Baker Hall in Navan.
Section 179a was introduced to the Planning and Development Act 2000 as part of the government’s plan to streamline and accelerate the delivery of social and affordable housing. It effectively speeds up so-called Part 8 developments by providing certain exemptions for projects being progressed by a local authority or in partnership with a local authority on land owned by the State.
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