Friday 20 April 2018

Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown: Enough zoned land to build almost 20,000 new homes

THIS is the smallest local authority area in Dublin, spanning just 10km from North to South.

Department of the Environment figures show there is enough zoned land in the area to build almost 20,000 new homes.

The local authority's focus is on three major developments in Cherrywood, Stepaside and Kilternan, which could result in 6,000 units once all are completed.

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Another development in Woodbrook, which sits on the Dart line between Bray and Shankill, could lead to a massive 14,000 new homes. However, a lack of a funding and basic infrastructure is impeding construction.

The council has also granted planning permission for 5,300 new apartments and houses in Dun Laoghaire. Many of the sites were unfinished developments leftover from the Celtic Tiger era.

However, the local authority has seen a surge in planning permission requests in recent months, which is a huge boost for the local economy.

And many of the applications are for apartment developments which bucks the national trend of developers predominantly seeking to build more economically viable housing units. The area is ideally situated for infrastructure such as transport, water services and schools.

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The Residential Land Availability Survey map was created by drawing together zoning maps held by each local authority in the State.

Developed by the Department of the Environment, it sets out individual plots of land in towns, villages, cities and rural areas, and indicates the number of homes permitted on each site.

It took almost two years to develop, and provides planners and developers with an overview of the available land for housing.

It does not include land zoned for mixed-use development, which would generally include some housing provision. Nor does it include derelict sites.

The data is based on the situation as of March 31 last. Stage 1 land is considered not viable for development in the short-term because necessary services such as water are not in place. Stage 2 land has no major constraints. Not all the land has planning permission.

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