Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy TD turned the sod on the Donabate Distributor Road project this week. He was joined by Fingal County Council Chief Executive, Paul Reid and Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Mary McCamley. This is the first Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF) project under the Rebuilding Ireland programme to reach the construction stage.
This new 4km road is a crucial piece of infrastructure for Fingal County Council and is a key element in its response to deal with the current housing crisis. The €20m project opens up new land for the development of thousands of homes by creating a vital alternative crossing of the railway line.
L – R: Michael Noonan, Transportation Director RPS; PJ Rudden, Director RPS; Paul Reid, Chief Executive Fingal County Council; Cllr. Mary McCamley, Mayor of Fingal; Eoghan Murphy TD, Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government; and Tom O’Connor, Managing Director MEIC Contractors.
As well as creating better access to Donabate and Portrane and alleviating traffic congestion in the village, it will also improve access to the strategically important National Forensic Mental Hospital in Portrane when this national facility becomes operational in two years’ time. The Distributor Road will lead to the provision of 1,200 housing units by 2021 with an anticipated potential build of 2,200 units being provided in the long-term.
The Donabate Distributor Road is scheduled to take 18 months to complete. RPS is Client Representative to Fingal County Council, providing planning, design services as well as contract and construction supervision.
The €20 million project is co-funded under LIHAF by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (75%) and Fingal County Council (25%). MEIC is the appointed contractor.
The Donabate Distributor Road is part of the Donabate Local Area Plan 2016-2022 which is designed to deliver social and physical infrastructure to the area in order to create sustainable communities. As well as a phased delivery of a wide range of house types and sizes there are also plans for the development of commercial and recreational facilities including the Donabate Recreation Hub, the Broadmeadow Greenway and the Corballis Nature Park.
Speaking at the turning of the sod, Paul Reid, Chief Executive of Fingal County Council said: “This is the first of three LIHAF schemes which we have received approval for and when finished they will facilitate the construction of 6,900 new homes in Donabate, Swords and Baldoyle by the public and private sector. The Distributor Road is a key strategic aim of the Donabate Local Area Plan which provides for the future sustainable growth of the town through the implementation of three phases of development across land parcels located to the north, south, east and west of the existing town centre.”