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Friday 2 December 2016

Coolock residents oppose plans for modular homes

Meanwhile, in Poppintree, the modular homes are starting to take shape (C O'Riordan)
Meanwhile, in Poppintree, the modular homes are starting to take shape (C O'Riordan)

Another Dublin community has hit out at government plans to build modular houses for homeless families.

Residents in Belcamp, Coolock, have voiced their opposition to plans to build 38 of the units on a site in the area.

Fine Gael councillor Declan Flanagan submitted a question to Dublin City Council managers, who are leading the project, on behalf of his constituents.

Mr Flanagan said residents would "welcome permanent homes in the area" but were opposed to the modular units being erected there.

He said residents "would like to know why two open spaces half-a-mile from the estate, which are owned by Nama and Dublin City Council (DCC), were not chosen for the modular housing instead".

It comes as locals in Finglas and Drimnagh have threatened to take legal action in a bid to stall plans to build units in their communities.

In ­Balbriggan, residents are also opposed to plans for taking 40 units on an estate in the north Dublin town.

Meanwhile, in Poppintree, the modular homes are starting to take shape.

A number of the terraced, two-storey units are on site with hopes that the first families could be housed there within weeks.

The Ballymun site was the first selected by the council for a fast-track ­delivery, and Minister Alan ­Kelly originally pledged to have the 22-unit development ready in time for Christmas.

However, two separate protests at the site and bad weather that followed pushed the project back. Around 500 modular units are planned for Dublin city and county.

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