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Housing plans get go-ahead

Wednesday, 12th July, 2017 5:43pm

Several housing schemes approved for development will help with the “pent-up demand” for social housing on Leeside.

That’s the opinion of senior management of Cork City Council who recommended that city councillors agree to proceed with four housing developments across the city.

These include the construction of 30 houses aimed at those over 60 years of age who wish to downsize.

Sixteen apartments in the city centre were also given the go-ahead. Farranree is set for five houses and the Tramore Road will see four houses built on it by the local authority.

The council heard on Monday that 30 houses, made up of one and two-bedroom units, are set to be built on Ballinsheen Road.

The development also plans to include a landscaped area and 15 car parking spaces.

To do this, the city council has to demolish one house and other outbuildings on the site. It is to be aimed at elderly people who wish to downsize to one and two bedroom homes.

Fianna Fáil Cllr Terry Shannon said that the council needs to encourage people to downsize but made the point that the elderly want to live near their local post office and neighbours they’ve lived around for years.

Fine Gael Cllr Des Cahill welcomed the fact that there would also be a caretaker on site and was glad that the development was passed before the councillors took their summer break. His party-mate John Buttimer said: “Sites should be identified across the city that could be used for downsizing.”

The Tramore Road development will see three new cottages as well as a cottage refurbishment. The new houses will be two-bedroom and single storey.

Five new houses are also on the way to Farrannferris Crescent in Farranree.

These will be two-bedroom houses and council documents describe them as one and-a-half storeys.

The fourth development given the go-ahead was 16 apartments on Wood’s Street in the city centre.

The council plan to demolish no.5 and no.6 Woods Street and build a four-storey development. There will be six one-bedroom, nine two-bedroom and one three-bedroom apartments. However, no parking spaces will be available with this development.

Sinn Féin Cllr Henry Cremin said: “Realistically, some tenants are going to have cars.”

He added that prospective tenants need to be told of this lack of parking in advance.

He also said that it will need to be managed properly.

“All it takes is two bad apples in these 16 units,” he said.

Solidarity Cllr Fiona Ryan welcomed the fact that no parking will be provided and said looking into the future, it won’t be possible for everyone to have a car.

She noted that public transport will need to be invested in.

Fianna Fáil Cllr Mary Shields said she hasn't received any complaints about this development and it was ideal location for apartments.

She said: “People are happy to live in the city and not have a car.”

Cllr Ted Tynan (Workers’ Party) said he was “thrilled” to see Cork City Council was prioritising the area.

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