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Created April 4, 2019
Across Dublin city, there are a network of 33 council depot sites – many of them located on prime development land.

Dublin City Council wants to consolidate all of them into two custom-built sites, one in Ballymun and the other in the south inner city.

The plan, they claim, will improve working conditions for council staff and save money from having two large centres rather than several dozen scattered across the city.

So how will it work and what will happen to the land?

With homeless services in Dublin expected to cost up to €150 million this year, would all - or some - of this land go towards providing social and affordable housing?

Or will the land be sold off to private developers?

Could central government get involved and use this opportunity to build a land bank in the city suitable for building homes?


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We want to map all 33 of the council depot sites, find out how much land is available and what it might be worth, whether the sites are suitable for development, and how much social and affordable housing could be provided.

We want to find out more about what the local authority would do with these newly vacant sites and whether this 'depot consolidation' could be used as a way of freeing up space for much needed social and affordable housing.

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Dear Supporter,

Thank you for your contribution to this project.

Reporter Laoise Neylon obtained the full report circulated to Dublin city councillors which noted a reversal of an earlier decision to sell off some valuable council depot sites which are dotted around the city. Instead, some 16 depots - where cleaning, road maintenance and other supplies are stored - have been earmarked for housing developments.

We have mapped these depots - which are located across 14 individual sites - and established how many housing units we can expect to be added to the property stock of a city which is in the grip of a serious accommodation crisis.

Through a series of interviews with city council officials and councillors, we discovered that the news is not as bright as this u-turn to build would indicate. There are a number of factors that are massively delaying the will to build, and build quickly.

But we have also uncovered a growing political alliance that might well tackle some of these factors at a higher level.

You will be able to read the full article at this link first thing on Sunday morning, July 14, 2019: http://www.noteworthy.ie/dublin-city-council-depots-housing-plan-4720086-Jul2019/

Please help us spread the word about Noteworthy and our work by sharing this article.

Thanks,
The Noteworthy Team
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Dear Supporter,
Thank you so much for your contribution to this project, which is now fully funded.
Just a quick update for you on where we are so far with it:
One of our reporters is looking at this story already. We have some documents obtained under FOI about the Dublin City Council plans and will be looking for more. We will also be mapping all the sites involved and trying to determine how much each of them is worth and how much housing could be provided.
When the project is completed and published, we will make sure to let you know.
In the meantime, please follow us on Twitter (@noteworthy_ie) for updates on all our latest work.
Thanks
The Noteworthy Team
www.noteworthy.ie
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