Thursday 18 January 2018

McGreal firm advances plan for 219 homes in west Dublin

The new train station in the Hansfield area of west Dublin
The new train station in the Hansfield area of west Dublin
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

A COMPANY whose directors include former Dunnes Stores finance director Liam McGreal is behind a multi-million euro plan to build over 200 homes in west Dublin.

The planned scheme by a company called Garlandbrook is being backed by Bank of Ireland.

The development of 219 homes will be part of the Hansfield Strategic Development Zone, which is south of the Ongar Road in the capital, and west of St Joseph's Hospital.

Mr McGreal is also a former managing director of meat processing firm Kepak, and is also a director of fruit firm Keelings. He has a wide range of property interests and is also chairman of Cork-based firm Abtran, a business process management service firm.

A separate firm of which Mr McGreal is a director, called Mulberryglen, was given permission by Fingal County Council earlier this year for another development of 206 homes in the Hansfield Strategic Development Zone.

That included a mix of three and four-bedroom homes, as well as 36 apartments.

Those homes are expected to go on sale this autumn.

The scheme that Garlandbrook is seeking permission for includes just eight apartments, with the remainder of the proposed development comprising primarily of three and four-bedroom semi-detached and terraced houses.

The Hansfield Strategic Development Zone was conceived in 2001.

In 2003, a draft scheme was approved by the council for the construction of between 1,700 and 1,900 houses in the area, which includes just over 80 hectares south-west of Blanchardstown.

A new train station opened at Hansfied last year, while other amenities including a primary school and secondary school, have also been opened.

In Dublin, there a number of other strategic development zones, including Adamstown, Cherrywood, Clonburris-Balgaddy, the docklands, and Grangegorman.

During the summer, Minister for Housing Simon Coveney said that new houses costing about €250,000 would become available in the capital due to Government initiatives.

Those homes are likely to be initially built on strategic development zones, including Hansfield.

Development firm Hansfield Investments, which is owned by the Reilly family, has also been building homes in the Hansfield zone.

Irish Independent

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