The first sod for the start of a new town centre social housing development near Market Green Shopping Centre in Midleton was turned on Monday (10 December) paving the way for works to begin.
Deputy Mayor of Cork County, Cllr Mary Linehan Foley and Minister of State for Equality, Integration and Immigration, David Stanton did the honours.
Wiltom Developments, in association with Cork County Council, Cork Marts and the Housing Association Respond, are developing a 42 unit housing estate called Páirc an Aonaigh. The scheme is part of Cork County Council’s plan to deliver 3,000 new rapid build homes across the county by 2020. John O’Connor, Chairman of the Respond Housing Agency who developed the Carrig Liath Estate off the old Youghal Road a decade ago said “a lot of infrastructure investment has been made in Midleton in recent years, and what has been missing is housing.”
The new build, supported by the Accelerated Capital Advance Leasing Facility for approved Housing Bodies and Housing Authorities, will comprise of a mix of two and three bedroom units including a community building. Similar schemes are planned for Youghal, Bandon and Mitchelstown in the near future.
At present over 20 comparable schemes are in operation throughout the county.
Deputy Mayor of Cork County, Cllr Mary Linehan Foley said breaking ground on the Midleton site marks a significant milestone in the development of Páirc an Aonaigh. “The news of homes for 42 families and individuals is very welcome. This project is a fine example for what can be achieved when Local Authorities and Housing Associations work in partnership to meet with demands” commented the Deputy Mayor.
Junior Minister, David Stanton said the new estate represents “a fantastic location, located close to the shops, close to the bus stops and not far from the railway station. “
Last month Minister Stanton launched housing projects in Kinsale and Fermoy of equal scale.
Next year the Local Authority is expected to break ground on 70 new social houses at Abbeywood Banshane, with a further 22 planned for Tir Cluain.