There are plans to provide upwards of 175 social housing units in Naas.
These are in addition to houses or apartments that could be provided under the strategic housing development initiatives — projects of at least 100 dwellings which can go directly to An Bord Pleanála, rather than Kildare County Council (KCC), for approval.
Responding to Naas councillor Seamie Moore, KCC said that building homes is one facet of the council’s housing strategy, which also includes developers allocating 10% of developments for social housing. Some 412 people are availing of HAP in the Naas area.
It is expected that 74 units will be built at Craddockstown, near Naas Community College. It is planned to provide terraced houses and semi-detached dwellings of various sizes.
Architects’ plans were drawn up over a year and a half ago and the project was approved by local councillors. The houses will be built on publicly-owned land which was once managed by the Housing Agency, and are part of a contract to build a total of 534 houses on six sites across the greater Dublin area. Work is due to start next month.
An additional three units are to be provided by KARE, also at Craddockstown and the public consultation process for these will start shortly.
Some 48 homes are planned for Rathasker Road and public consultation will begin by the end of March. According to KCC, further design work was necessary here “owing to difficult site conditions” and the public consultation process is due to start by the end of March.
An estimated 50 units are likely to be constructed at Caragh Road. KCC expects to receive a response “shortly” to a submission made to the Department of the Environment to proceed with affordable housing. There are 14 acres at the site and about 11 of these acres could be developed.
A site at Devoy Park could be used for more housing. This site in is the ownership of a State body, which is “considering options for the site”. This refers to some ten acres of land was bought by the then Naas Town Council in 2001 at a cost of about €1m an acre.
This was during the property boom which saw land and property values increase dramatically.
The land is now in the control of the Housing Agency, a State body set up to help local authorities provide housing.
More land is available at the “old sewerage farm”, between Ploopluck and Osberstown, close to the canal. But further consideration will be necessary before it is known how much land will be available for housing there because of a previous development plan drawn up for that area.