Fingal County Council is set to receive €26.58 million under the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF), and this funding will be allocated to three strategic projects to yield 2,800 housing units by 2021, with the long-term potential to facilitate the provision of 6,900 units.

* The Donabate Distributor Road is to receive €15.5m, which will facilitate 1,200 housing units in the short-term and 2,200 in the long-term;

* €6.18m has been allocated to road upgrades, wetlands and a park in the Baldoyle Stapolin area which will lead to 800 housing units by 2021 and 1,500 beyond that.

* €4.9m will go towards a road upgrade in the Oldtown-Mooretown area of West Swords which will facilitate 800 housing units initially and 3,200 eventually.

Fingal’s Chief Executive, Paul Reid (pictured above) said that Local Area Plans are in place in each of the three areas and this funding will allow the local authority to “quickly unlock the development potential of zoned residential lands there as we are ready to proceed on these projects”.

The Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF) is a key element of Pillar 3 of Rebuilding Ireland: An Action Plan for Housing & Homelessness. The objective of the fund is to provide public off-site infrastructure to relieve critical infrastructure blockages.

There is currently planning permission in place for over 10,000 homes in Fingal and the Council continues to ensure there is adequate zoned land in the right locations to facilitate housing as well as economic and social development.

LIHAF funding for Fingal formed part of the overall funding approval for 34 public infrastructure projects worth €226m across 15 local authority areas, as announced recently by Simon Coveney, Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, and Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

Fingal’s recently-published Development Plan (2017-2023) can viewed at www.fingal.ie