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Green Valley homes handed over to tenants

Thursday, 16th March, 2017 1:01am

This week saw the official handover of 16 turnkey homes in Douglas to their tenants.

The Cork County Council development is on an unfinished housing site within Green Valley Estate and is being constructed in three phases at a total cost of €9.3 million. The handover on Tuesday marked the completion of phase two of the development.

Phase one of the development was the refurbishment and occupation of 12 existing and unfinished properties. The third and last phase will be the construction of another 12 housing units.

This scheme is the first to be delivered since Cork County Council embarked, in 2015, on a turnkey project to deliver new social housing in conjunction with the private sector at various locations across Cork county.

Marking the handover and completion of the second phase, local housing minister Simon Coveney TD and Cllr Derry Canty – who was deputising for the Mayor of the Cork – visited the turnkey housing scheme in Castletreasure, Douglas.

Cork County Council said this scheme has been designed and constructed to an extremely high standard by Castlerock Homes.

The development consists of 40 social units within a large private housing development fostering, the council says, a good sense of community, inclusion and integration.

The site is well located, within walking distance of both Grange and Douglas village and within a short commute of Cork city. Cork County Council says it currently has 11 turnkey housing sites at various stages in the development process, with the potential to deliver 305 new social houses between now and the end of 2018.

A further four potential projects, which can deliver an additional 68 houses, have been identified by the Council and are to be submitted to the Department for approval in the coming weeks.

Fine Gael Minister Simon Coveney said: “Turnkeys are not the only activity in the county and I am pleased to note that there are ten construction projects which have been sanctioned by my Department, along with ten Capital Assistance schemes.”

Partymate Cllr Canty said: “Initiatives such as this scheme allow Cork County Council to provide social housing in an inclusive and innovative manner by engaging the private sector to deliver social housing, while operating in tandem with traditional social housing construction processes to maximise output.

“Turnkey housing of this nature engages the market, stimulates the local economy and creates local construction activity and jobs,” added the Fine Gael councillor.

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