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Leopardstown Racecourse - residential lands should be transferred to Council for desperately needed housing

6 February, 2018

Sinn Féin councillor for Glencullen Sandyford, Chris Curran, has called on the The Ministers for Agriculture and for Housing, to step in to ensure that vacant sites on the outskirts of Leopardstown Racecourse are handed over to Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council immediately to be used in the provision of mixed tenure, social and affordable housing.

Speaking today, Curran said; "Dún Laoghaire Rathdown is not only the smallest county in the state, it has one of the worst housing waiting lists too with extremely limited land resources.

“Leopardstown Racecourse is owned by the semi-state body - Horse Racing Ireland. Every year, horse racing enjoys significant financial support from the state. 

“Last year alone the sport received €64 million in state funding, a increase of €5 million on the previous year. In many respects, the taxpayer has paid for this land many times over.

“Having researched the land in question and after communications with senior council officials, we estimate the sites to be around 6.5 hectares that could yield up to 450 housing units.

“The land in question is currently unused, is already zoned ‘A Residential amenity’ (Housing), water serviced, borders an unused Luas station, is flood risk free, and is within the boundary of the Ballyogan Local Area Plan.

“This site was not included in Rebuilding Ireland plan. So it's vital that this site is secured by the state before it's sold off to a private developer.

“There is a precedent for securing sites like this. In Cherry Orchard, the HSE handed over land to Dublin City Council and in Cork, CIE are apparently providing land under licence to Cork City Council on the Ceant Station site.

“Sinn Féin is calling on the The Minister for Housing, The Minister for Agriculture, the Chairperson of Horse Racing Ireland and the CEO of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to meet to discuss options where the land can be used for social and affordable housing.

“This site is ideal and has remarkably similar characteristics to Shanganagh Urban Village, where the council anticipate 520 to be provided. There's no reason why the same thing can't happen in Leopardstown.”


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