146 new homes on way for Coolock

The Land Development Agency (LDA) and Dublin City Council (DCC) have secured permission to build 146 new homes in Coolock in Dublin 5.

The Cromcastle development will include 13 social and 133 cost rental homes, as well as new community, cultural and open spaces. The 1.7-acre site, owned by Dublin City Council, is located at the junction of Oscar Traynor Road and Kilmore road, near Beaumont Hospital and opposite the Northside Shopping Centre.

Construction is due to start by Q4 of this year and the LDA has already issued a tender for a contractor to undertake the work. Permission for the Cromcastle development was secured by the Land Development Agency and Dublin City Council under a new planning provision introduced for local authorities by the Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien TD, in March of last year.

The S179A temporary exemption allows local authorities to fast-track urgently needed social and affordable housing developments on State-owned lands zoned for residential use. This is the first time it has been used for an LDA project.

The development will include apartments, public open spaces and communal amenities with new landscaping, a new public plaza and green spaces to enhance biodiversity. It also provides excellent access to amenities, transport, and other services in the Dublin 5 locality.

Cromcastle is just one of a number of developments being delivered by the Land Development Agency in partnership with Dublin City Council. Planning permission for 543 homes in St Teresa’s Gardens in Dublin’s south inner city was granted last year, while permission for 708 homes in Cherry Orchard Point in west Dublin has recently been sought. A fourth partnership project in Bluebell in Dublin 12 is currently in the pre-application stage.

Phelim O’Neill, Head of Property at the LDA said: “It’s fantastic to have secured planning permission for another development in partnership with Dublin City Council. This

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