Plans to rezone industrial land in Dublin to provide up to 20,000 homes in four new ‘towns’ in the city area have been unveiled to city councillors.

A monthly meeting was told that up to 270 hectares has been identified on four key growth sites within the M50 presently zoned Z6 for industrial use.

The sites are situated at Jamestown Business Park, Finglas; Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin; sites near the Malahide Rd, Coolock and a tranch of land along the Naas Road from Inchicore to Cherry Orchard.

City Planner John O’Hara said this was the start of a process that could provide 17,000 to 20,000 homes in 10 to 20 years time.

Mr O’Hara said these will be new places in their own right as hubs with guiding principles laying out facilities like schools, transport and employment .

He said that this housing would be in addition to the zoning for 50,000 new homes that currently exists in the city council area.

The plans were noted by city councillors.