Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and the Land Development Agency have secured planning permission to build 597 new homes at Shanganagh in Co Dublin.

Shanganagh is the country's largest proposed social and affordable scheme to receive planning permission. 

100% of the development will be for social and affordable homes, with two thirds allocated to affordable homes for both rent and purchase, and a third to social housing. 

The affordable purchase homes will be provided by way of the Government's upcoming shared ownership scheme. 

The affordable rental homes will be provided through cost rental - a new form of renting in Ireland which will result in more affordable rents for households who struggle to pay private rents. 

The development will offer a mix of accommodation suitable for larger and smaller families, couples and single people. 

The types of homes available will include 51 terraced and semi-detached houses consisting of 21 two beds and 30 three beds, while it will also offer 546 apartments consisting of two four-beds, 99 three-beds, 302 two-beds, 165 one beds and 29 studios.

Construction is expected to start on the site in the first half of 2021, subject to the final decision of the Council and Government approval.

Land Development Agency chief executive John Coleman said the planning approval is a testament to the close partnership that the Council and the LDA have developed over the past 18 months. 

"It proves the value of the LDA working closely with local authority partners, which provides new ways of delivering new affordable homes on council land," Mr Coleman said.

"We look forward to bringing this scheme to the next and most important stage - the construction of the new homes. We are already working on the preparation of the construction tender process," he added.