Chamber Expresses Disappointment at Poolbeg Housing Delay

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By Chamber Press Office, 28 September 2018

Dublin Chamber has expressed alarm at reports that work to build 3,500 new homes in the Poolbeg West Strategic Development Zone will not begin until 2020.

Dublin Chamber CEO Mary Rose Burke said the delay calls into question the ability of the current planning system to deal with the housing crisis and deliver the Government’s Ireland 2040 project.

The Poolbeg scheme, which would have provided 3,500 houses and apartments near the city centre, was intended to be a fast-track project, with construction due to have started in 2017.

Dublin Chamber CEO Mary Rose Burke said: “This reports of a further delay are major disappointing. We are in the midst of a severe accommodation crisis that is impacting on every walk of life in Dublin, and the Poolbeg West scheme is one that has the potential to deliver exactly the kind of integrated, high-density solution that Dublin urgently requires. Delivery of the Pollbeg scheme would make a real dent in the housing shortage, so the announcement of yet another delay is extremely disheartening.”

Ms Burke added: “The government’s entire Ireland 2040 plan is all about regenerating our cities through a focus on high-density development of brownfield sites. Dublin Chamber is supportive of that approach, but we now have to ask whether Ireland’s planning system is really fit for the purpose. If we want to ensure that Project Ireland 2040 is actually implemented, it’s clear take to take a serious look at the functioning of the Irish planning system.”