Wicklow Sinn Féin TD John Brady has welcomed confirmation from the Department of Defence that they have completed the transfer of land at the former Reserve Defence Forces facility at Rockbrae House on Vevay Road to Wicklow County Council. The Sinn Féin TD has been campaigning for several years to have the lands set aside for housing. Having first put forward the proposal to the former Minister for Defence Paul Kehoe in the last Dáil in 2018.
“I want to first of all welcome the completion of the legal transfer of the land at Rockbrae House from the Department of Defence to Wicklow County Council. I believe that this development offers a significant opportunity for Wicklow County Council to address the housing shortage, as this is an ideal site for the development of affordable housing.
I have been campaigning for the transfer of these lands for several years. I first engaged with the now former Minister for Defence Paul Kehoe during the term of that last Dáil. Following inquiries from myself, in which I laid out a plan to him in 2018, Minister Kehoe undertook to investigate the matter with the Department of Defence.
I am now glad to say that now, several years later the transfer of the lands has taken place.
I believe that this is an ideal site for the development of affordable housing in Bray. It really has huge potential if it is developed properly.
The area has been zoned residential in the Bray Municipal District Local Area Plan. I believe that the time is now right to commence a conversation as to what type of development would be the best to proceed with on the site.
The transfer of this site offers an all too rare opportunity for the development of much needed affordable housing and community facilities.
I believe that the Council should begin a consultation process with the residents of Charnwood and the Church Road at the earliest opportunity.”
Councillor Dermot ‘Daisy’ O’Brien added, “There is a desperate need out there for affordable housing and this provides Wicklow County Council with a huge opportunity to respond accordingly. We must be proactive about exploring the options and have meaningful conversations about designing and developing an appropriate and sustainable housing development with complimentary amenities that will serve those who need it.”
Cllr Grace McManus said “Council owned land is one of our best assets we have for playing our role to address the housing crisis. We in Sinn Féin believe in public housing on public land. This prime location is a welcome opportunity for this, especially within the growing appetite and need for affordable housing in Bray. It will be very exciting to see how we can best utilise this land to serve Bray’s housing needs. I look forward to hearing from the community on this as it develops.”