Cairn Homes lodges planning for 569 homes to kick off new Dublin town

South Dublin County Council has plans for up to 9,000 homes in Clonburris

Cairn Homes has lodged a planning application for 569 homes at Clonburris in southwest Dublin.

About 280 hectares of former farmland, 10km from the city centre, has been designated by the Government as a strategic development zone (SDZ), and South Dublin County Council has plans for a new town with up to 9,000 homes.

Planning permission was recently granted for critical infrastructure in the area, including the construction of 4km of roads, bus corridors, cycle lands and pedestrian routes, which is expected to start in early 2022.

The application by Cairn is the first planning application for housing in the location. The company said the initial phase would contain 569 homes out of planned total of 9,000 “making the exciting new suburb of Clonburris of comparative scale to large towns such as Naas and Navan.”


The application incorporates 173 houses, 148 duplex homes and 248 apartments, a creche, two local parks and children’s play areas, together with a green link alongside Fonthill Road, it said.

Cairn paid €21.7 million for 97 acres in Clonburris when it bought it from the State's National Asset Management Agency and O'Callaghan Properties in 2019. The company already owned 174 acres in the area.

Transport infrastructure

The company said it planned to develop a total of 5,000 of the 9,000 new homes planned for the area as well as commercial and retail space within “a dedicated urban core”, local parks and a linear park along the canal.

Planned public transport infrastructure investment includes the Dublin-Kildare railway line, soon to be electrified as part of the Dart Expansion Plan.

Cairn chief executive Michael Stanley said: "Given the mission-critical objective of the Government and local authorities to increase the supply of housing and apartments in the Greater Dublin Area, this is a project that really moves the needle."

“Cairn Homes is the lead developer, delivering 5,000 of the 9,000 new homes for 23,000 people, with retail and commercial hubs supporting up to 10,000 new jobs,” he said.

“There will be eight schools and 90 hectares of parks and open space. All residents will live within walking distance of village centres and a major urban park, along with very strong existing and enhanced public transport links. This is the type of sustainable development that will make a real difference in delivery of quality supply in a forward-looking environment,” he said.

Eoin Burke-Kennedy

Eoin Burke-Kennedy

Eoin Burke-Kennedy is Economics Correspondent of The Irish Times