People encouraged to register for new homes

By Mary Dennehy

A NEW portal has been developed for members of the public to register their interest in three sites earmarked for the delivery of affordable homes in Tallaght, Clondalkin and Rathcoole.

The three sites initially being developed plan for an estimated 300 affordable homes in Killinarden, Tallaght, 135 homes in phase one of the recently approved scheme in Clonburris and 100 homes in Rathcoole.

Affordable Homes Portal compressor

People are encouraged to register their interests in affordable homes in Rathcoole, Tallaght and Clondalkin

Homes under the affordable scheme will be available at a price initially lower than the market value of the property.

The scheme is aimed at households who would be able to repay a mortgage but are finding it difficult to buy a home.

While the final purchase price of the affordable housing in Tallaght, Clondalkin and Rathcoole has not yet been determined it is likely to be below €300,000, South Dublin County Council has said.

The council is now asking members of the public to register their provisional interest for these homes on its affordable homes portal launched last Friday.

According to the council, this initial engagement with the public is to allow the local authority to gauge the level of interest generally prior to finalising plans.

Encouraging people to log on and register their interest, County Mayor Vicki Casserley said that the new affordable homes portal looks to address issues of housing affordability that “exist for low-to-middle income households”.

On Tuesday, the council tweeted that there had been a “great response” to the newly launched portal in its first five days.

Daniel McLoughlin, Chief Executive of South Dublin County Council, said: “The delivery of affordable housing is a significant but challenging element of our housing strategy.

“We hope that early engagement with potential applicants will serve us well in understanding sentiment around this issue and guide us in our decision making.”

The launch of the portal follows the recent allocation of €18m to the council by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government through the government’s Serviced sited Fund.

Delivery of affordable homes is one aspect of the council’s housing programme that aims to deliver 4,500 homes – estimated to be worth in excess of €1 billion over the coming years.

Register your interest at www.sdcc.ie/affordablehomes

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