Minister English turns the sod to mark the commencement of work on the Farganstown access road, Co Meath

The Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Damien English T.D along with the Cathaoirleach of Meath County Council, Councillor Wayne Harding today (21 October 2019) officially turned the sod to mark the commencement of construction on the €8.4 million Farganstown Access Road in Navan, Co Meath.

The construction of the access road will open up 91 hectares of land for development, which are currently effectively landlocked. 11.6 hectares of this site is in the ownership of Meath County Council. The Government’s Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF) will allow these lands to be opened up by providing the access road to deliver over 440 homes including 84 social housing units in the first phase by 2021. In time, there is potential to deliver up to 1,600 new homes in the area in subsequent phases.

Farganstown is one of the Government’s 30 approved LIHAF projects under Rebuilding Ireland. LIHAF is designed to activate housing supply by putting in place enabling public infrastructure by unlocking lands to facilitate large-scale development on a key site.

The delivery of this access road is a key objective of the Navan Development Plan. The road will run from the junction of the R153/Metges Road to access zoned land between the Kentstown Road and Navan – Drogheda Rail Line.

The road itself, which will total 1.22km includes junctions, footpaths, cycle-tracks, bus stops, public lighting, service duct provision, water and waste water services, boundary treatment, accommodation works and landscaping as part of the overall LIHAF project.

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Minister Damien English speaking at the sod turning today

Speaking at the launch, Minister English said ‘It is a pleasure to mark the official commencement of work on the Farganstown Access Road as part of Government’s Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund.

‘On days like these we get a real sense of the work and commitment needed between my Department, Meath County Council and developers to deliver the necessary essential infrastructure that will significantly increase the supply of much needed housing for Navan and the county.’

‘The delivery of this LIHAF project under the Rebuilding Ireland Programme will support future social and private homes, as well as commercial development, in Farganstown and surrounding areas’ Minister English concluded.