WHAT TYPE OF REDEVELOPMENT IS BEING ADVANCED?
As Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform, I approved funding last December of €17.8m to enable the construction of 56 social housing units on O’Devaney Gardens. These homes have already received planning permission through An Bord Pleanala when it approved Phase 1A in 2011. The remainder of the O’Devaney Gardens lands will be divided into three separate lots where in total, 584 homes will be provided. The mix of housing will be split along the lines of:
- 50% Private
- 30% Social
- 20% Affordable Rental
WHEN WILL THESE NEW HOMES BE BUILT?
Two processes in parallel are now being advanced by Dublin City Council in order to redevelop O’Devaney Gardens;
- INITIAL SOCIAL HOUSING UNITS:
- In terms of moving forward with the €17.8m funding provided by our Fine Gael Government to build the first 56 social housing units, I expect tenders to be issued in May. All going to plan, a contractor should then be selected and on site by the second half of 2017.
- REST OF O’DEVANEY GARDENS LANDS:
- The Housing Department of Dublin City Council expects to publicly advertise its intentions shortly to gain the interest of contractors and developers. This will guide how quickly the Council can move forward on developing the remainder of the site.
WILL COMMUNITY & RECREATIONAL FACILITIES PROVIDED?
Yes. However, full details of how much and where community and recreational facilities will be located won’t be known until the formal planning applications are lodged with An Bord Pleanala.
HOW CAN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY ENGAGE IN THE REDEVELOPMENT PROCESS?
Dublin City Council has, urged by myself and Councillor Ray McAdam, established a Community Consultative Forum that will remain in place until the redevelopment of O’Devaney Gardens is completed. The Forum is co-Chaired by Councillor McAdam and it includes remaining residents in O’Devaney Gardens and members of local Resident Groups and Associations representing communities living in the immediate vicinity of O’Devaney. These groups include Montpelier, Arbour Hill, North Circular Road, Aughrim Street, Oxmantown Road. Officials from the City Council’s Housing Department, including the Deputy Chief Executive are also members of the Forum. Its purpose it to serve as a mechanism to ensure the community is kept up to date on the progress of the redevelopment but also to work with the various contractors and City Council officials to help contribute to and shape the redevelopment.
I hope this information is of assistance to you. However, if you have any questions or queries arising from the details provided, please come back to me and I will do my best to answer any enquiries that you may have.