Ireland's largest-ever social and affordable housing scheme has been given the green light.
Planning permission has been granted for 597 sustainable homes at Shanganagh in Shankill, Co Dublin, in a project that is being developed as a partnership between Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the not-for-profit Land Development Agency.
It will involve the construction of 200 social homes, 91 homes available for purchase under an affordable housing scheme, and 306 affordable cost-rental homes.
Construction will be put out to tender and is expected to get under way in 2021, pending approval by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the Government. The first homes are due to be ready by 2023.
Residents of the affordable rental homes will have long-term security of tenure, according to a statement from the council yesterday.
"These tenures provide a solution for households who struggle to pay private housing costs, including essential and key workers who play a vital role in supporting Ireland's society and economy."
The new housing scheme will include 51 terraced and semi-detached houses consisting of 21 two-bed houses and 30 three-bed houses. The scheme will also include 546 apartments.
The site is located on nine hectares of council-owned land near Shanganagh Castle.
The council said the development had been designed to the highest environmental and sustainability standards. There will be just 334 car-parking spaces for residents and visitors, in order to promote the use of public transport.
A new Dart station at Woodbrook is in the pipeline and will be within a 10-minute walk of the development.