It’s been five years in the planning, and it’s certainly one definite way of tackling the local housing crisis.
A whole new town is ready to roll with its own Dart station, shops, creches, cafe, postal room, etc.
Situated between Bray and Shankill, Woodbrook will be built on two pieces of land – one privately owned, the other by Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown Council – with the initial application for 685 apartments and houses being built on the former. The developer plans to build an additional 717 homes on the private site, whilst 10% of the private apartments must be offered to the council at cost for social housing.
The council will be applying for the building of 605 homes on its site, which is planned to be 100% social and affordable housing, with cost-rental and affordable purchase as part of the mix.
If planning is permitted, work should be begin in spring of 2020 for the private development followed by the council site in the summer, with the entire project expected to take 3 years.
There’s already a secondary school at Woodbrook, with a primary school due to open in 2021. Educate Together are campaigning to become patrons.
Two years ago, the plans had a maximum of 1,860 homes but the unexpected population growth sees the new plans allowing for 2,007 homes.
You can find out more about Woodbrook here (approved in July 2020), including architecture, engineering and landscape drawings, whilst the Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown Council blurb is right about here.
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