Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD joined the Mayor of South Dublin County, Cllr Ed O’Brien, and South Dublin County Council Chief Executive Daniel McLoughlin, as work commenced on three significant infrastructure projects at the Adamstown Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) in Dublin. The ambitious large-scale delivery of essential infrastructure in Adamstown consists of the construction of three separate projects: Airlie Park, Tandy’s Lane Park and the Celbridge Link Road.
A combined €15 million was allocated for the three projects by the then Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government through the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Funds (LIHAF) with South Dublin County Council providing the extra €5 million in funding.
LIHAF is a key element of the Government’s drive to build more homes. The objective of the fund is to provide public off-site infrastructure to relieve critical infrastructure blockages. This enables the accelerated delivery of housing on key development sites in Dublin and urban areas of high demand for housing nationally.
South Dublin County Council’s successful LIHAF funding bid for financial support was linked to the delivery of 2,000 new homes within the Adamstown SDZ. The delivery of these homes is currently underway with over 1,500 homes already completed or contracted and the remaining 500 homes under construction. Within the large-scale delivery of homes, there are 300 homes at or below a cost of €300,000 and a further 500 at or below €320,000.
It is expected that work on all three projects will be completed in 2022.
Minister O’Brien, said, “LIHAF funded infrastructure projects nationally are now beginning to deliver on the objective of the fund and yield the large scale housing supply. The projects in South County Dublin are at the forefront of this housing delivery. I commend South Dublin County Council for the work it has done using the LIHAF grant funding to drive the delivery of these much-needed homes and providing them to families at below-market price.
Whilst just one element of our response to ensure we build more homes, LIHAF will support the delivery of many thousands of homes nationally. These social, affordable and private homes will help create new and sustainable communities across the country“
Cllr Ed O’Brien, Mayor of South Dublin County, said, “This Council has used LIHAF funding very effectively to unlock lands for development of homes for the residents of South Dublin. It is another indication of the Council’s commitment to meeting its housing targets and the proactive approach which it is willing to take to ensure these targets are met. The Minister’s visit also spoke well of his commitment to dealing effectively with the housing crisis and in particular the need for affordable housing in areas like South Dublin County”