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More than 1,700 fast-track homes approved for Dublin, Drogheda and Ashdown

Words: Roger Milne
Drogheda, Dublin

Five fast-track housing schemes totalling at least 1,700 new homes have been approved this week by An Bord Pleanála – most are earmarked for three sites in the capital.

The largest scheme to be given the thumbs up is Cairn Homes’ contentious €338 million development of 614 flats and townhouses in nine blocks on former RTÉ land at Montrose in Dublin 4.

Carrey Issuer, a firm understood to be backed by Bain Capital, has also been given the go-ahead to build some 413 build-to-rent flats in Dublin’s Liberties.

The site at Newmarket Square has a previous permission for a 239-bedroom hotel, 92 flats and office space. Meanwhile, development company Hines has got the green light for 416 new dwellings, a mix of flats and houses, at the former Bailey Gibson site in Dublin 8.

Outside Dublin, ABP has given the go-ahead to Davy Target Investments for a development of 167 new homes in the County Meath village of Duleek, near Drogheda.

The agency has also granted permission to Ardstone Homes for a 133-dwelling development, mostly houses, at Ballinahinch, near Ashford.in County Wicklow.