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Monday 21 August 2017

New homes plan gets green light

AN "off-the-wall" plan to allow up to 8,300 new homes in south Dublin has been given the green light.

Despite the country's worse ever recession, and a dearth of homebuyers, the development will include three new villages, new schools and a new town centre.

The plans have been approved as part of a planning scheme adopted by Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council.

But councillors admit the full project is unlikely to be implemented in the near future.

"I wouldn't expect the full development to go ahead any time soon," Labour councillor Richard Humphreys told the Herald.

"But in certain areas where landowners have permission, they are prepared to develop," he added.

Six schools and 4,500 square metres of community centres are included in the plans.

Councillors voted to approve a massive land bank of 264 hectares in Cherrywood as a strategic development zone (SDZ).

The draft scheme was accepted at a previous meeting ,but 28 amendments were added. The changes then had to go out for public consultation before the final resolution was passed this week.







Economy

"If you look at the scheme at this moment in time it seems off the wall," admitted one councillor, who did not want to be named.

But the plan was initiated when the economy was in a better state, the representative pointed out.

"It took so long (to complete). It was almost prepared by the time the recession hit," the councillor said.

It is hoped a town centre as well as the three villages of Priorsland, Lehaunstown and Tully will eventually be built.

The land is primarily greenfield at the end of the Green Luas line between the N11 and M50.

The council said: "Cherrywood has the potential to become an engine for economic growth of national, regional and local significance."

It pointed out there has already seen very significant strategic investment in infrastructure in the area, with the Luas extension to Cherrywood and the M50 upgrade already complete.

The scheme plans three new villages surrounded by residential neighbourhoods, which will be served by a town centre and a major employment base with the potential to accommodate over 17,000 workers.

The council worked closely with the National Transport Authority in preparing the plan. Dunloe Ewart -- formerly controlled by Liam Carroll -- is among the companies involved.

comurphy@herald.ie

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