Josephine McCoy Mews resident John Delaney, pictured with daughters Noelle Quigley, and Tracey Twomey, and Granddaughter, Tara Quigley, at the official opening by Cork City Council, of 5 housing schemes in Cork city.

202 new homes launched across Cork city

There was a significant boost on the housing front last week when the Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Deirdre Forde, officially opened 202 new homes for Cork city. She launched five different schemes across the city.

Speaking about the housing developments, the Lord Mayor said: “I’m incredibly proud to open so many homes for the people of Cork. The delivery of homes is a key priority for Cork City Council, and I commend all who were involved in bringing these new developments to fruition.”

She welcomed the delivery of the affordable housing schemes, which she said are at “the heart of Cork City Council’s delivery programme”.

“I hope that these homes will be the start of a new and happy chapter in many people’s lives and in the long term, will create sustainable and vibrant communities for those that live there,” she added.

Laurel Heights, Shanakiel was the first stop for the Lord Mayor, where she opened 20 new homes. This development comprises three one-bedroom apartments, nine two-bedroom apartments and eight one-bedroom houses. The scheme was developed by Summertime Developments and constructed by Murphy & O’Sullivan Limited through Cork City Council’s Competitive Dialogue procurement process and funded by the Department of Housing Local Government and Heritage. Tuath Housing now manages the residential development in partnership with Cork City Council.

During the afternoon, Cllr Forde opened a mixed-tenure social and affordable development of 54 new homes at Crann Darach, Middle Glanmire Road, Montenotte. This mixed tenure scheme comprises 27 social homes, three-bedroom homes, twenty-two three-bedroom homes and two four-bedroom homes, and 27 affordable homes comprised of five two-bedroom homes, nineteen three-bedroom homes and three four-bedroom homes. The scheme was developed on a formerly vacant site by Murnane & O’Shea Limited through Cork City Council’s Competitive Dialogue procurement process.

Later in the day she also launched 60 new homes within the social and affordable residential development at Newton Heights, Boherboy Road, comprising 37 affordable homes, and 23 social homes provided across phases 1 & 2 with the first tranche of affordable purchasers now beginning to move into their new homes.

The fourth scheme attended by the Lord Mayor is located in Carrig Court, Blackrock with 43 new homes comprising fifteen two/three-bedroom houses and twenty-eight apartments with a mix of one, two and three bedrooms.

Concluding the day, the Lord Mayor opened a new development of 25 new homes at Josephine McCoy News, South Douglas Road, developed on a formerly vacant and derelict site by Lyonshall Ltd and built by Clancy Construction through Cork City Council’s Competitive Dialogue procurement process. This Rightsizing scheme includes seventeen (mix of one & two-bed bungalows) and eight two-bed apartments and further develops Cork City Council’s Rightsizing programme. Rightsizing refers to a voluntary scheme aimed at residents, aged sixty years and over, who would like to move from their current property to one that is more suitable to their needs.