New Dublin Town for 23,000 residents unveiled: ‘First project of its kind in a generation’

€186.3 million in government funding has been announced for the development of a new town called Clonburris between Clondalkin and Lucan to the west of Dublin.

The Clonburris Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) An Bórd Pleanála infrastructure project, approved three years ago, will develop over 8,700 homes on the 280-hectare site.

The Urban Renewal and Development Fund (URDF) provides investments for the necessary infrastructure to develop the new city, which will be predominantly greenfield.

The funding will enable the construction of over 8,700 homes, housing an estimated 23,000 people.

Development work for the project includes new connecting roads, utility corridors and bridges that will connect with surrounding areas and facilitate sustainable modes of transportation.

Public parks that are part of an integrated network of multi-use public open spaces, a “green infrastructure network” that protects and enhances biodiversity, community centers and other multi-purpose civic facilities, pumping stations and other sustainable urban drainage measures, and regional attenuation ponds for drainage management are also included in developed in the early stages.


Ariel Map of Clonburris Development – South Dublin County Council

The project is being led by South Dublin County Council (SDCC), who said it will act as a catalyst for the large-scale regeneration and development of one of Ireland’s largest underutilized sites, as well as the wider area and region as a whole.

“Clonburris was built around large parks and green spaces and has miles of waterfront along the Grand Canal. The city center is just minutes away by rail or cycle path And for those looking for a vibrant center Clonburris will have that too – with quality retail, commercial, leisure, entertainment and cultural services as well as conveniently located schools and Childcare facilities,” says the project’s website.

Housing Secretary Darragh O’Brien said it will be the “first project of its kind in a generation”.

“Clonburris will be a well designed city with over 8,700 homes, good transport links and essential amenities and services. Up to 2,600 of these homes will be social and affordable housing provided by my department and South Dublin County Council,” he said.

“Today’s announcement demonstrates the ever-expanding reach of the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund in revitalizing our cities and communities and enhancing what they offer as places to live, work, visit or invest.”

The council’s broader plans for the area include the development of up to 11,000 new homes, including 1,000 council housing and 1,600 affordable housing.

Also planned are 15.5 km of cycle paths and footpaths, 90 hectares of open space, two train stations, eight schools, 7,300 square meters of community space and 31,115 square meters of work space.

According to the SDCC, the final population of the city will be similar to that of the historic cities of Naas, Navan and Wexford, and the city of Kilkenny.

The project has been in development for over a decade and has been identified by the Government as being of economic and social importance to the state for housing development and related services and facilities. New Dublin Town for 23,000 residents unveiled: ‘First project of its kind in a generation’

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