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Saturday 17 March 2018

Explainer: Dublin's set to get a new suburb, but what does that mean for the housing crisis?

'It's the size of Wexford town'

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Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

A new Dublin suburb which will house "up to 24,000 people" is currently in the pipeline, with South Dublin County Council expected to publish the draft plan next month.

But with Dublin currently experiencing it's worst housing crisis ever, what does this mean for those looking to get on the property ladder?

How big will the development be?

Around 280 hectares of land at Clonburris in west Dublin has been designated a strategic development zone (SDZ) in a bid to help alleviate Dublin's housing crisis.

The area is located along the Dublin-Kildare railway line and will potentially have up to 8,000 homes built there.

Eddie Taaffe, the council's director of planning, told the Irish Times that they're looking at "just over 8,000 homes, which translates as 22,000-24,000 people.

"It's the size of Wexford town," he said. 

What will the new suburb consist of?

The draft plan expected to be published next month will set out the "detailed framework for development on the lands in the medium to long term, including the type and extent of development permissible, proposals relating to transport, services, amenities and facilities required to support the new development."

Cairn Homes, which has a quarter of the site, said it would be predominantly focusing on building family houses that cost less than €300,000.

When can we expect building to start?

Cairn Homes said it would be able to start building early next year. However, an exact timeline hasn't been confirmed.

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