Wednesday 13 December 2017

South Dublin: Providing transport links is key

TWO new towns at Clonburris and Adamstown will drive development in South Dublin County Council, but building communities and providing transport links is key.

Some 1,450 homes are already occupied in Adamstown while Clonburris will provide another 10,000. Providing social infrastructure like schools, shops and sporting facilities is essential.

"We're essentially creating new places from scratch. People need to have a good standard of facility and community infrastructure available," senior planner Paul Hogan said. "It's not sustainable if people view it as a place to buy a starter home and then move out.

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"People tend to work around the M50 - one-third are in the city centre, one-third on the M50 and the last third in other centres. It makes planning difficult, and public transport provision is required to step up. People believe you can build more roads but it simply isn't possible to accommodate all travel demands.

"The Irish Rail interconnector project is transformational and would give a DART level of service and cause people to make decisions because they would see real benefit."

Some 800 hectares of land is zoned, enough for 32,000 homes. 3,000 homes could be accommodated in Citywest on the Luas line, and 1,500 in Ballycullen.

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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.

Irish Independent

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