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Ó Broin Welcomes Modified Cuthbert’s Park Housing Development

15 February, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Dublin Mid-West TD Eoin Ó Broin has, this morning, welcomed the decision by South Dublin County Council to pass a modified housing development for St Cuthbert’s Park. The modifications were made following a detailed community survey and petition spearheaded up by Sinn Féin. The development will see 63 rapid build permanent social houses for families and single people.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Last year, South Dublin County Council published a proposed rapid build housing development plan for a section of St Cuthbert’s Park between Lealand and Lindisfarne. The development would have seen 59 three bed room houses for families built at the Lealand end of the park.

“Sinn Féin conducted a detailed door to door survey of the 181 surrounding houses in Lealand, Lindisfarne and Melrose.  147 households completed the survey representing a response rate of 81%. We also met with Deansrath Community College and sought comment from other relevant community groups.

“On the basis of the detailed comments received from residents, Sinn Féin made a submission to the Part 8 planning process outlining 30 specific changes or additions to the proposal dealing with a wide range of issues. 

“A number of issues dealt with build heights and densities and access to existing laneways and gates.

“The single biggest concern of residents was the ongoing issues of anti-social behaviour in the park and the need for addition measures to address these problems including public lighting, new boundary wall treatment, and increased Council and Gardaí resources on the ground.

“At last night’s Council meeting, a significantly amended plan was agreed incorporating many of Sinn Féin’s recommendations. A parallel process of developing a plan to reclaim the park has also been put in place and a commitment was given that the plan will be up and running in parallel with the housing development.

“The 63 three-bed and one-bed houses will provided much needed homes to families in great need.

“The Council must also be mindful that the success of this housing development lies with the quality of the construction, the management of the tenanting process and the long term gain for the wider community. Sinn Féin will continue working with Council management and residents to ensure the best possible outcome for all concerned.” 

Note: Full copy of the survey results attached

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