Fingal County Council has welcomed the allocation of almost €15m in funding for the provision of strategic infrastructure on three sites across the county under the Government’s Serviced Site Fund which will facilitate the delivery of 1,500 affordable homes.
Approval in principle has been granted by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government for the projects located at Church Fields in Mulhuddart, Hackettstown in Skerries, and Dun Emer in Lusk.
The Serviced Sites Fund provides for key facilitating infrastructure for the delivery of affordable homes to purchase or rent on local authority and Housing Agency sites.
A total of €43m was allocated to 10 projects across five local authorities in this initial phase of funding by the Government.
A total of €11m is being allocated to the Church Fields project towards the extension and upgrade of Wellview Avenue, the provision of green infrastructure, as well as the construction of a new neighbourhood centre and three community buildings.
A further €2.1m is earmarked for the Hackettstown land in Skerries for the widening and reconstruction of Golf Links Road, a new bridge and a new north-south access road, while €1.5m is allocated for lands at Dun Emer in Lusk towards the reconstruction of Kilhedge Lane.
A fourth application for lands at Cappagh in Dublin 11 remains under active consideration by the Department.
Welcoming the news, Fingal County Council Chief Executive Paul Reid said: “I welcome the announcement of €14.6m in funding under the Serviced Sites Fund, which will be invested in infrastructure to deliver land for affordable housing in Mulhuddart, Skerries and Lusk.
“The provision of housing remains a top priority for Fingal County Council and I commend all my team who have worked closely with the elected members to deliver this superb outcome.”
Director of Housing and Community Margaret Geraghty said: ‘The council’s Housing Department is delighted with this announcement and we see it is a significant opportunity to progress the development of social and affordable across the region. We worked extremely closely with the Department of Housing to ensure we met the criteria for the funding, and we are delighted that three of the projects have been successful in this first round of allocations.”
Ms Geraghty added: “This funding will enable the delivery of social, affordable purchase and affordable rental homes on strategically located sites across the region. I look forward to moving forward with these projects in 2019, when Fingal County Council will continue to progress our plans to deliver more housing.”
Director of Planning and Strategic Infrastructure AnnMarie Farrelly said: “The provision of infrastructure to provide for housing is a key element of Fingal County Council’s drive to build housing across the region. I am delighted that the Government has approved this funding for three key strategic infrastructure projects across the county.
“The Church Fields project is one of three projects which are being driven by our Project Talamh team. We have already made considerable progress with the Ballymastone project in Donabate where construction of the Donabate Distributor Road is well underway and we have gone out to tender for the provision up to 1,200 mixed tenure homes.
“This latest funding from Government will now allow us to move forward with our plans for a very strategically important project in Dublin 15.”
The Serviced Sites Fund, which amounts to €310 million in total and will be available to 2021, was established to provide key facilitating infrastructure, on public lands, to support the delivery of affordable homes to purchase or rent.