On the 13th September, elected members of South Dublin County Council approved the development of 620 new homes on council-owned lands at Killinarden, Tallaght. The proposal follows a competitive tender process for a fully integrated mixed tenure development of social, affordable and private dwellings. The residential development is heavily weighted towards the provision of affordable purchase homes, with 60% of the development projected to sell for an average of €250,000 or less per home. A further 20% of the development will be delivered as social housing. The development commencement is subject to receiving full planning permission.
South Dublin County Council will enter into a development agreement with the Arden Team DAC to deliver the homes. The Arden design team, comprising Sisk Living and Kelland Homes and Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance, will deliver ‘The Foothills, Killinarden’ development over several phases, with 278 homes estimated to be completed by 2024, 217 homes in 2025 and the final 125 homes in 2026. A community/sports facility, creche, new public open space, and wetlands infrastructure, as well as essential community amenities, will be provided to create a new sustainable neighbourhood. The demand for affordable purchase homes in the Killinarden area was highlighted through South Dublin County Council’s Affordable Homes Portal. Launched in 2019 following the allocation of €18 million to the Council by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage through the government’s Serviced Sites Fund. 2,700 people expressed an interest through the portal in purchasing an affordable home in Killinarden.
Councillor Peter Kavanagh, Mayor of South Dublin County, said, “This mixed tenure development which will provide 620 new homes, reflects the Council’s commitment to providing homes for families and building new communities. I am particularly happy to see such an emphasis on providing affordable and social homes in this development and I look forward to the ground being broken on site.”
Daniel McLoughlin, Chief Executive of South Dublin County Council, added that “the delivery of affordable housing is a significant element of the Killinarden development and our housing strategy. Addressing issues of housing affordability that exist for low-to-middle income households is a key element of South Dublin County Council’s efforts to tackle the housing crisis. This initiative is a crucial element of our plans to deliver over 4500 social and affordable homes over 5 years”