There's quite a bit about the Ballymastone development on http://www.donabateportrane.net
. The council actually originally wanted the estate to be 30% social and 20% affordable housing until the developers had to make them realise that they could never sell the other 50% with such high social housing numbers!
It's a big worry for those of us living on the Peninsula tbh. It's a great place to live at the moment (despite the traffic chaos from all the development and roadworks at the moment) and while the trains are busy and a seat is a rarity in rush hour, I've never not been able to board a train due to them being full.
The local infrastructure simply doesn't exist to support the amount of development going on and it's questionable that it ever will be able to (as a peninsula with one road in and one road out - the new bypass of the town is purely an exercise in opening up land for development and will just move the traffic jams from the village to the Hearse Road.
Like I said, I love living here and am hopeful that the limited opportunities for development within Portrane itself gives me some encouragement that the worst case scenario for us personally is simply having to drive through a bit of a kip to get to our end of the peninsula but Fingal County Council have made it blatantly clear that they see the area (and Rush/Lusk, Balbriggan and the rest of the North County) as something of a dumping ground for social housing with no real effort to improve local facilities to keep up with the developments.
The current level of development will put the population of Donabate / Portrane at roughly 20,000 people within a decade (larger than Sligo or Athlone) yet there's not even a discussion about re-opening the Garda Station (we're covered by Swords atm), upgrading the Community Centre etc. A larger population will no doubt have a positive impact on the number of local businesses in the village but let's be honest, an increased choice in takeaways and hairdressers isn't going to do anything to keep local teenagers out of trouble.