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Fine Gael and NAMA delaying the delivery of 8,000 homes in South Dublin – Ó Broin

25 January, 2019 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Mid-West Eoin Ó Broin TD has slammed NAMA and Fine Gael councillors for delaying the delivery of 8,000 new homes in the Clonburris Strategic Development Zone in South Dublin. Out of the 8,000 new homes, up to 3,000 are social and affordable.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Oral appeal hearings on the progression of the Clonburris SDZ, a social and economic masterplan for a 280ht site between Clondalkin and Lucan, are currently taking place at An Bord Pleanala.

“Two of the key objectors to the plan are Fine Gael councillors and NAMA.

“This SDZ plan was approved by the members of South Dublin County Council last June following extensive public consultation, 30 hours of Council meetings and consideration of 350 amendments.  It includes plans for new schools, improvements to public transport, and some much needed new homes.

“However, following appeals lodged with An Bord Pleanála by residents, land owners, politicians, and NAMA, the development has been delayed.

“The fact that councillors from the government party and a powerful state agency are holding up the delivery of 8,000 new homes is appalling.

“The opposition of Fine Gael councillors to 3,000 social and affordable homes is the height of nimbyism. It is an appalling stance to take given the scale of the housing crisis.

“NAMA is slowing the progress of the plan in cynical attempt to increase its financial returns on the site. It makes no sense for one arm of the state, i.e. South Dublin County Council, to approve this important plan only for another state agency, NAMA, to delay and undermine it.

“I cannot understand how Fine Gael can stand over the behaviour of their councillors when the government is claiming it is doing everything it can to alleviate the housing crisis.” 

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