Three sites selected for social housing development

Updated / Wednesday, 6 May 2020 22:29

The three Dublin sites are part of the third and final 'bundle' of the National Social Housing Programme first announced in 2015

By John Kilraine

Sites in East Wall, Ballymun and Whitehall have been selected by Dublin City Council for large-scale social housing developments to be built under a Public Private Partnership (PPP).

Up to 290 social housing units will be built across the three sites under a PPP model that is to provide a total of 1,500 units across the country at a total cost of €300 million.

The three Dublin sites are part of the third and final 'bundle' of the National Social Housing Programme first announced in 2015.

In Dublin work is already underway on two sites - Scribblestown, Finglas and Ayrfield, Coolock - to build a total of 220 homes.

The PPP model involves the government paying a private company to design, build, finance and maintain the social housing units which are on state land.

The Dáil heard in March last year that the government will make 'availability' payments of €1 million or €1,900 per unit each month for 25 years.

 At the end of this contract period the housing units return to the ownership of the local authority.

Sinn Féin had criticised the cost of the scheme but it was defended by the Department of Housing.

The Comhar consortium involving Oaklee Housing with Sisk and Macquarie Corporate Holdings won the contract last year for the first 534 homes in Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and Louth.

Assistant chief executive with Dublin City Council Brendan Kenny stated in a report to councillors that the next developments involve up to 100 homes for older people on Shangan Rd, Ballymun, up to 100 social housing units at the Collins Avenue/Swords Road junction in Whitehall and up to 90 units on the Ready Mix site in East Wall.

He said a consultation process will begin after a design team is appointed.

Mr Kenny stated "In view of the current housing crisis and the large waiting list for social housing in these particular areas, we would welcome strong support for the development of these sites for the provision of much needed social housing."