Dan O’Brien, OBR Construction; Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Kieran McCarthy, Michael McGrath TD, Minister for Finance, and Ann Doherty, Chief Executive, Cork City Council, at the sod turning of 45 affordable homes. Photo: Michael O’Sullivan/OSM PHOTO

Sod is turned on new Lehenaghmore project

The sod was recently turned on an affordable homes project in Lehenaghmore which is hoped will be open for applications in early autumn.

Minister for Finance Michael McGrath TD, the Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Kieran McCarthy and Chief Executive of Cork City Council, Ann Doherty turned the sod on 45 affordable homes at Glenmore Heights in Togher.

The affordable housing scheme, being constructed by OBR Construction in partnership with Cork City Council, will provide 45 homes for sale via Cork City Council Local Authority Affordable Purchase scheme and consists of a mix of three and two-bedroom houses, with delivery scheduled for early 2025.

The homes will be made available for sale, circa 20% below open market value, to those who qualify for the Affordable Housing Scheme, with sales prices, in part, subsidised via the innovative, Department of Housing Local Government & Heritage Affordable Housing Fund.

Meanwhile, Minister McGrath also visited a further affordable housing scheme of 70 two and three bedroom homes at Heathfield, Carriginarra, Ballincollig which is currently under construction. The affordable scheme is developed by Murnane & O'Shea Group and is fully subscribed to with the first purchasers due to receive keys in the coming weeks.

Minister McGrath said: “These two fantastic projects will deliver 115 new affordable homes for people and families in ideal locations for employment and other services. The development of these two projects serves to highlight just what local authorities can achieve in the provision of affordable homes by working closely with the Department of Housing.”

Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Kieran McCarthy said: “Hopefully, on completion, these affordable homes will provide a solid foundation for purchasers from which they can contribute to and enhance further, a sustainable and vibrant community in Lehenaghmore. In addition, I was delighted to visit the show-house at Heathfield, Carriginarra, Ballincollig, a further affordable development providing for 70 two and three bedroom family homes, where, for Phase 1, keys will soon be in the hands of purchasers.”

Chief Executive of Cork City Council, Ann Doherty said: “Both housing schemes demonstrate Cork City Council's strong affordable housing delivery programme, under Housing for All. Housing is at the very forefront of Cork City Council's objectives and will remain so for the coming years.I would like to acknowledge the efforts of all involved and assure people Cork City Council will continue to lead the way in the delivery of more affordable homes, with several schemes set to launch throughout 2024.”