Friday 24 November 2017

Fingal: Major investment in water and roads needed

Fingal County Council faces unique challenges. It has lots of available land, but much of it requires major investment in water, roads and other services before it can be made available for housing.

Among the main areas earmarked for development is a new town at Clongriffin which is on the DART line and could provide some 1,000 units in the near-term.

Senior planner Rachel Kenny says there are around 37 active sites which could deliver 5,000 units, but thousands more with permission.

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The county is well-placed to meet demand, and 1,159 hectares of land is zoned, enough for 36,000 homes.

"There's around 16,000 units permitted," she said. "After the 16,000 units, there are infrastructural constraints relating to water provision which affect around 24,000 units. In Donabate, we need a new road. Consolidating the city and the ability of these areas to absorb is huge.

"People need choices in terms of where they want to live. There's land for 7,500 homes in Swords if we get the public transport right; 7,500 in Blanchardstown, and 1,000 each in Portmarnock, Rush, Lusk, Kinsealy and Baldoyle. Clongriffin, Portmarnock, Malahide and Donabate are critical because they're on the railway. We can do it (provide housing) within our zoned land banks, it's just a question of finding the money."

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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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