Saturday 10 December 2016

Modular and social homes to share site as compromise reached

John Brennan

Published 31/10/2015 | 02:30

The Government has told the Health Service Executive (HSE) to put in place a formal mechanism which will ensure no patient, where possible, is 'discharged into homelessness' (stock image)
The Government has told the Health Service Executive (HSE) to put in place a formal mechanism which will ensure no patient, where possible, is 'discharged into homelessness' (stock image)

A plot selected for modular homes for homeless people will also accommodate social housing, in a bid to compromise following a row over the site.

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The Irish Independent revealed yesterday the particular site in question in Ballymun had already been earmarked for the construction of 40 social and affordable housing units.

This was prior to the announcement of it being selected for modular homes.

The O'Cualann Co-Housing Alliance had expressed major concerns over the future of these affordable homes which had already been granted planning permission.

However, Dublin City Council has confirmed that both parties "agreed that the modular housing project and the co-operative housing project can be accommodated on the site".

Hugh Brennan, of O'Cualann Co-Housing Alliance, confirmed that "a comprise has been reached".

However, he declined to outline the full details until after he had spoken to the members of the co-operative.

Local councillor Noeleen Reilly told the Irish Independent: "We are delighted ... obviously O'Cualann only has planning for the part of the site the council wants to put the modular homes on."

She confirmed that they may be granted planning permission for the other part of the site.

Ms Reilly is hoping that the introduction of both modular and social housing will help alleviate the homelessness crisis in the area.

"There are 30 families staying in a hotel in Ballymun," she said.

Ms Reilly said the prospect of both projects going ahead on the site was a "positive outcome".

Irish Independent

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