Four New ‘Towns’


Building site in Dublin

Last night.

At a meeting of Dublin City Council.

Councillors were shown plans to rezone industrial land in Dublin “to provide up to 20,000 homes in four new ‘towns’ in the city area”.

John Kilraine, of RTE, reports:

A monthly meeting was told that up to 270 hectares has been identified on four key growth sites within the M50 presently zoned Z6 for industrial use.

The sites are situated at Jamestown Business Park, Finglas; Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin; sites near the Malahide Rd, Coolock and a tranch of land along the Naas Road from Inchicore to Cherry Orchard.

City Planner John O’Hara said this was the start of a process that could provide 17,000 to 20,000 homes in 10 to 20 years time.

Plans to rezone industrial land in Dublin unveiled (RTE)

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11 thoughts on “Four New ‘Towns’

    1. Daisy Chainsaw

      Same old same old.

      Probably be a few Priory Courts thrown in for good measure.

    2. realPolithicks

      Plus 10 to 20 years to build 20,000 homes, its just as well there is no housing crisis going on right now.

  1. Frilly Keane

    That spine of industrial sites traveling along Inchicore, Naas Road, Bluebell, Kylemore, Ballyier and into Cherry Orchard was touted before as possible locations for residential use

    But the idea was rejected on the basis that Site Access for construction traffic, and traffic management during construction phases would be too much of an impact

    Something that didn’t seem to be an issue in James’s for the NCH or at the former Harold’s Cross Greyhound Track.
    But then rezoning wasn’t a thing

    Whereas now it is
    And there’s elections coming up
    And campaigns that need juicing

    1. George

      Maybe 10,000 homeless people (and rising) is a bigger issue than temporary traffic disruption.

      1. Frilly Keane

        Totally agree
        That’s why it was presented in the first place

        It’s the “Rezoning” this time that is the flash point

        Former industrial sites
        Some orobably needing a bitta environmental cleanup
        Being rezoned as Residential

        In Dublin
        On the Luas
        And within the M50

        It’s Agricultural lands and bogs with a bitta road frontage all over again

        Lads are drooling

  2. Conor

    20,000 homes sounds like an incredibly low figure for that amount of land! Every building should be minimum stories.
    Dublin Industrial estate has both the LUAS and heavy rail (which will “eventually” be electrified and is a 20 min cycle from the city centre so should be looking at very high density living with a few landmark 20 story+ towers. It’s bounded by parkland and the railway so no NIMBYs to interfere. Get it fast tracked and done.

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