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More social housing to be built

Wednesday, 10th July, 2019 5:04pm

There was a social housing boost in Cork city and county this week with several projects progressing.

This included a housing scheme aimed at those willing to downsize in Blackrock. The project will see 35 houses and apartments built ranging from one to three bedrooms and means that Springville House on Blackrock Road will begin a new lease of life from a its existing multi storey office building. It will be a gated community managed by an Approved Housing Body and will have a live in caretaker on site.

Head of Housing at City Hall Brian Geaney told members of the council at a meeting on Monday that the 35 units would be used for downsizing purposes.

Fine Gael Cllr Des Cahill said there was several meetings about the housing scheme pre and post May’s local election and it led to some changes being made to the original plan. It took into account public feeling, he said.

He added: “I think it’s reasonable to say that the main pillars of objections pre the changes have been addressed comprehensibly. The site itself has been unsightly for a number of years. It should be noted too that there’s the opportunity for private home owners who wish to downsize to live there, if they sell their house to the council.”

Fianna Fáil’s Mary Rose Desmond welcomed the fact that “sensible alterations and changes” could be made.

She added: “The whole downsizing approach to housing is something that the council has be proactive about and is to be welcomed by many of our constituents who wants to avail of it.”

Meanwhile, City Hall is to give a loan not exceeding €988,000 to Circle Voluntary Housing Association for the provision of four two-bedroom duplex apartments at The Hollies on Magazine Road.

Cork County Council also made progress with social housing in Blarney and Kanturk, this week.

On Monday, it signed a contract with Cumnor Construction Ltd for the development of a total of 30 residential units, 18 of which will be in Blarney and a further 12 in Kanturk.

The units will consist of one, two, three and four-bedroom houses and the total scheme cost is expected to be around €8.2 million.

Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey, said: “The provision of these, quality, energy efficient homes will go a long way towards addressing housing needs in areas of high demand like Blarney and Kanturk.”

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