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Cork City Council to build 109 new social housing units

Another 109 social housing housing units are on course to be developed in the city centre following a special meeting of Cork City Council (Monday July 31). Developments approved included White Street (43 units), Barrack Street (32 units), Blarney Street (25 units) and High Street (9 units).

Cork City Lord Mayor, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald said: “These schemes will provide much needed homes to families,  lead to the upgrading of derelict and underutilised inner city sites, bring greater vibrancy to communities and are located near quality transport links and existing city centre facilities”.

In just three weeks, 164 housing units have been approved by Cork City Council  for delivery at multiple locations across the city. This amounts to a direct Government investment of €45 million in housing in Cork City.

Last night, Cork City Councillors approved four Part 8 developments that will deliver the 109 homes on completion of the procurement process. Earlier in the month, council members sanctioned an additional four Part 8s schemes that enabled another 55 units of accommodation.

Housing and Community Director of Services, Valerie O’Sullivan said: “From now on, the construction of high quality apartment homes will need to be a large part of the sustainable solution to the housing crisis in city centre locations. In our response here in Cork, we are actively seeking solutions in urban site assembly as part of the Rebuilding Ireland Government initiative”.

The Cork City Council Housing Directorate undertook comprehensive public consultation with the host communities and Cork City Council members as part of this process.

“We have listened carefully and the feedback and concerns from the submissions was considered and taken on board. Indeed, many submissions give a very positive welcome for these developments as advertised. This engagement has resulted in further significant and positive changes to the designs and layouts of the advertised applications in some cases, which is great to see. Also, in addition to consultation carried out to date, a site-specific Construction Management Plan and a comprehensive Stakeholder Engagement Plan will require to be submitted to the Housing & Community Directorate in the case of all schemes before construction can commence,” said Valerie O’Sullivan.

The architectural design concepts of the proposed developments have been carefully considered in the context of the surrounding properties and the significant urban characteristics of the city. The developments are the result of a lengthy process involving the project architectural design teams and various city council departments as well as being assessed by an expert panel and approved by the City Architect and the Architectural Inspectorate of the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government.

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