DUBLIN IS set to get a brand new town located in the west of the city which will be bolstered by €186 million in funding.
The town, called Clonburris, will be located between Lucan, Clondalkin and Liffey Valley, with the funding set to enable the building of over 8,700 homes and will provide housing for 23,000 people.
An Bord Pleanála approved the new town in May 2019, modifying the plans to include the building of three primary and secondary schools, with 72% of the houses to be within 500 metres of a school.
The enabling infrastructure project, part-funded by the Urban Regeneration Development Fund (URDF), will involve the provision of critical strategic infrastructure to develop the site, including:
- new link roads, utility corridors and bridges that will provide connectivity with surrounding areas and facilitate sustainable modes of transport;
- public parks forming part of an integrated network of multi-use public open spaces;
- a green infrastructure network that will protect and enhance biodiversity in the Strategic Development Zone (SDZ);
- community centres and other multi-purpose civic facilities;
- pumping stations and other sustainable urban drainage measures;
- regional attenuation ponds for drainage management.
"Development of the Clonburris SDZ, a wider project being led by South Dublin County Council, has the potential to be a transformative urban regeneration and development project of national, regional and local significance," a statement from government said.
Welcoming the announcement, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien TD said:
"This funding will make it possible for a while new town to be built in west Dublin, the first project of its kind in a generation, one which was strongly supported by the Taoiseach and the wider Government.
"Clonburris will be a well-designed town with over 8,700 homes, good transport links and vital amenities and services. Up to 2,600 of these homes will be social and affordable homes delivered by my Department and South Dublin County Council. Today's announcement illustrates the ever-growing reach of the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund in revitalising our cities and towns, improving their offering as places in which to live, work, visit or invest."
Clonburris is set to have open and recreational spaces which includes 15.5km of cycle ways and walkways, 3.3km of canal frontage and approximately 990 hectares of open space.
There will be two train stations, future bus connects and regional linkage with the M50, N7 and N4, as well as eight schools.
The plans have been in development for more than a decade.