Locally based Fine Gael Senator, Neale Richmond, has welcomed the launch of the new Land Development Agency which contains big plans for the Central Mental Hospital site in Dundrum.
Senator Richmond said: “For the past number of years, the local community in Dundrum have been waiting patiently to see what will happen to the lands at the Central Mental Hospital when the facility closes down, with concerns that this could drag on without any local input.
“The launch today has clarified that Dundrum is to be a central plank of the new Land Development Agency; this is to be welcomed and should mark the start of a meaningful conversation with the local community on how the site should be developed.
“The proposal to construct 1,500 homes on this site must be welcomed and the heavy focus on providing affordable homes will be of great relief to the many local residents who are looking to get on the property ladder or indeed whose children are in that position.
“Like any development, there are obvious concerns that must be resolved through meaningful consultation with the local community. Any development must include high spec community and parkland facilities.
“The surrounding transport links such as the Dundrum Road, Goatstown Road and of course the LUAS must be improved to meet the capacity needs that this exciting new development will require.
“The launch of the new Land Development Agency shows the commitment of this Government and Minister Murphy in particular to addressing the lost decade of development brought about by the attempted fiscal ruination of this country by Fianna Fáil.”