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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 8 May 2018

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Ceisteanna (464)

Róisín Shortall


464. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the estimated value of a site (details supplied) in Dublin 9; the way in which it is proposed that Dublin City Council will realise the full value of this site in a transaction to develop housing at the location; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19642/18]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

The site at Oscar Traynor Road is one of three significant sites being brought forward by Dublin City Council under its Housing Land Initiative (HLI), the aim of which is to ensure the delivery of mixed-tenure homes in the City Council functional area. All three sites under the HLI are identified as Strategic Development and Regeneration Areas (SDRA) within the Dublin City Development Plan 2016-2022.

Mixed-tenure developments are an important policy objective in Rebuilding Ireland and uphold the principle of sustainable mixed communities, where housing needs are not subject to rigid segregation, based on income levels. They also provide an opportunity to see major sites developed more quickly, and integrated into existing communities and areas.

Oscar Traynor Road is a 17 hectare greenfield site with the potential to yield 640 mixed-tenure homes and the elected members of the City Council have determined that the homes will be provided on the basis of a 30% social, 20% affordable, and 50% private tenure-mix. This mix will help to ensure that the full value of the site will be realised.

The land is being brought to market on a competitive tendering basis, with a view to leveraging its value to deliver the optimal number of units. The Council is seeking to identify the best qualified economic operator to work in collaboration with the Council to identify the optimal solution for the site, in accordance with the City Development Plan 2016 - 2022; the Oscar Traynor Road Feasibility Study, which has been approved by the elected members; and any other Council requirements; and to deliver it as efficiently as possible.

The Feasibility Study indicates that the full value of the land will be retrieved from the proposed new development. In terms of the publicly funded elements, as with all such construction projects, the development of this site must comply with the Government’s Capital Works Management Framework and procurement rules, to ensure greater cost certainty, best value for money and financial accountability. 

This is a priority project for the City Council and it is progressing through procurement with the Prior Information Notice (PIN) published in June 2017 and the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) issued on 9 February 2018. My Department and I remain committed to working with Dublin City Council to ensure that the necessary resources are in place to deliver the mixed-tenure homes planned on what is a key site for the sustainable development of Dublin City.

Question No. 465 answered with Question No. 72.