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Council sale of four acres would provide just 22 social housing units

A councillor in south Dublin said the plan would to “nothing to tackle the growing house crisis” in the area.

One of the proposed sale sites.

SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY Council (SDCC) is proposing to sell over four acres of land in Clondalkin with a plan for just 22 of the units to be reserved for social housing.

Local Councillor Trevor Gilligan said this proposal would mean the buyer would build 120 private housing units with 22.5 of them going towards social housing. He strongly criticised the move as he said there is a huge demand for social housing in this particular area.

The sites include 0.26 acres between St John’s Road and Fonthill Road and 3.9 acres on the New Nangor Road and Fonthill Road.

“Currently the sites do not have any planning permission. Most of the 120 units will be in the Clondalkin area,” Gilligan explained. “There are 7,674 people on the housing list. These 22.5 allocations will only house 0.29% of all applicants. The proposals do nothing to tackle the growing house crisis in South Dublin County Council.”

Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Gilligan said he believes the council does not have the money to build the required social housing units and this is a way of “just trying to get houses up”. He said a larger proportion of the units should be social housing but accepted that this would make the sites more difficult to sell as there would be less money in it for developers.

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“I have reservations about it and a lot of other councillors do as well,” he said.

In response to a query from TheJournal.ie, the council said it is “looking at all sites in the context of future uses but no decisions have been taken to date”.

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