Saturday 24 March 2018

€9m social housing projects on the way

‘Rapid build’ scheme at Pinewood estate and 24-unit traditional social houses at Castleland edging closer

The ‘rapid build’ scheme at Pinewood is set to begin
The ‘rapid build’ scheme at Pinewood is set to begin

John Manning

Almost 50 social housing units will soon begin construction in Balbriggan, according to a new time-line issued by Fingal County Council for two separate projects in the town, including 25 'rapid build' homes in Pinewood that have proven difficult to deliver.

The proposed 25-unit development of so-called 'rapid build' homes at Pinewood had a long and difficult birth after the project was reduced from an initial 40 homes to 25 after a number of local objections.

Answering a question from Cllr Malachy Quinn (SF) on the controversial project, which has proven to be anything but 'rapid', the council revealed 'Stage 2 Approval' for the project is in place along with €4.3 million in funding and a contractor is finally expected to be appointed this month.

Separately, the council said 'Stage 4 Approval' for two dozen traditionally-built social homes in the Castleland area of Balbriggan and a similar €4,3 million in funding, is in place.

This project is likely to see will work start on site, this month.

Fingal Independent