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Dunsink site urgently needs development for housing – Ellis

18 October, 2017 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin TD Dessie Ellis expressed his frustration with Fingal County Council to the Minister of State for Housing Damien English at the lack of progress in the development of a major greenfield site at Dunsink Lane.

The Dublin North-West TD said:

“In the midst of this housing crisis, I raised in the Dáil the exceptional potential of a large greenfield site at Dunsink Lane.  Speaking directly to the Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, I alerted him to the real potential of utilising these council lands for the construction of badly needed social and affordable houses which will help to alleviate the current housing crisis.  

“These lands consist of approximately 1,000 acres around Dunsink Lane.  300 acres is owned by Fingal County Council, 200 acres is part of the old tip head and 150 acres takes in Dunsink Observatory and surrounding lands. The rest is privately owned.

“We have the potential to build depending on density between 4,500 and 12,000 social and affordable housing units on this virtually greenfield site.  The lands are ideally located being only 4kmn from the city centre, close to the M50 and local amenities such as the Royal canal, the Phoenix Park, and Blanchardstown shopping centre.  

“I am concerned that, according to the Minister, Fingal council will be doing additional studies on the areas potential and requirements for development.  

“I have been raising the potential for the development of these lands with Fingal county council for years.  What we don’t need now is another feasibility study.  It is very frustrating that we still have had no real movement on developing the lands in this area.  

“Now that the Minister has been made aware of the full extent of the potential of this ideal site at Dunsink Lane, I hope he will encourage Fingal County Council to begin to develop these lands for urgently needed housing with any further delay.” 

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