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Kim O'Leary

Government gives greenlight to pump €186m into new town in west Dublin

The Government has granted approval for a €186 million funding stream to assist in the building of 8,400 homes in a new town in west Dublin today.

The Clonburris Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) will be located between Lucan, Clondalkin, and Liffey Valley and it is around 10km from the city centre. In 2018, plans were approved for the scheme by South Dublin County Council and An Bord Pleanala that will see 8,437 homes built to house an estimated 23,000 people.

The development of the Clonburris SDZ, a wider project being led by South Dublin County Council, has the potential to be a transformative urban regeneration and development project of national, regional and local significance. The project will also include green areas and community facilities and public transport links.

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The enabling infrastructure project, part-funded by the URDF, will involve the provision of critical strategic infrastructure to develop this unique and complex site, including:

  • new link roads, utility corridors and bridges that will provide connectivity with surrounding areas and facilitate sustainable modes of transport
  • public parks forming part of an integrated network of multi-use public open spaces
  • a green infrastructure network that will protect and enhance biodiversity in the SDZ
  • community centres and other multi-purpose civic facilities
  • pumping stations and other sustainable urban drainage measures
  • regional attenuation ponds for drainage management

In parallel with the delivery of infrastructure, the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and South Dublin County Council are progressing also plans to deliver up to 2,600 social and affordable homes at six local authority-owned sites in the SDZ.

Welcoming the announcement, Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien said: “This funding will make it possible for a whole new town to be built in west Dublin, the first project of its kind in a generation, one which was strongly supported by the Taoiseach and the wider Government. Clonburris will be a well-designed town with over 8,700 homes, good transport links and vital amenities and services.

"Up to 2,600 of these homes will be social and affordable homes delivered by my Department and South Dublin County Council. Today’s announcement illustrates the ever-growing reach of the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund in revitalising our cities and towns, improving their offering as places in which to live, work, visit or invest.”

The wider project to develop the SDZ, led by South Dublin County Council, will comprise of:

  • Housing – between 7,730 and 11,098 new homes, including:
    Approximately 1,000 social homes with approximately. 120 homes of these to be delivered under the Social Housing Public-Private Partnership Programme.
    Approximately 1,600 affordable homes, utilising the Affordable Housing Fund.
  • The range of 7,730 – 11,098 homes is the housing density range in the SDZ’s planning scheme. The 8,700 figure used earlier relates to housing delivery, as planned, however, more housing could be delivered if appropriate.
  • Open space and recreation – 15.5km of cycle ways and walkways, 3.3km of canal frontage, approximately 90 hectares of open space
  • Connectivity – 2 train stations, future bus connects, regional linkage (M50, N7, N4)
  • Community facilities – 8 schools, 7,300 square metre of community floor space
  • Employment – 31,115 square metres of employment floor space

As a key activator of Project Ireland 2040, the URDF is driving regeneration and rejuvenation of strategic and under-utilised areas within Ireland’s five cities, key regional drivers and other large towns. To date, the Government has provided funding or approved in principle funding of €1.6 billion for 132 projects.

More information on the URDF project can be found here

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