New Social Housing Planned for Cloyne

By Seamus Whelehan

Layout of proposed two bedroom unit at Towns Park in Cloyne

Cork County Council has given the go ahead for a new social housing development in the heart of Cloyne village.
At the November sitting of full Council, councillors approved the plan to develop nine units at Towns Park Cloyne.
Keith Jones Senior Executive Engineer at Cork County Council’s Housing department told the meeting the Social housing scheme was subject to the approval by the Minister for Housing Eoughan Murphy to begin the tender process.
The nine unit scheme has been designed with the Department of Environment requirements in mind and forms part of the authority’s response to its commitment of providing affordable housing.
This forms part of the Authorities commitment to deliver 274 homes across the County by 2019
Last week East Cork Municipality Councillors signed off on 61 houses near Abbey Wood Midleton to go back out to public consultation, as the land owner wishes to sell the land to the local authority.
Last year the Council were provided with €13million to develop the lands at Abbey Woods, the planning took some time to be granted due to local concerns with flooding.
Now the process needs to begin again, as the offer of land transfer does not include the planning.
The Towns Park development costing almost €1.8 million, will feature a terrace of five two bedroom units and four three bedroom units.
The site is located close to Cherry Vale estate, to the front of the site there will be a green play area, where families can watch over their children.
Two parking spaces will be included per unit with overflow on street parking for visitors.
Cherry Vale residents had raised some road safety concerns, however the Council say these have now been addressed.
Following the discussions with residents two build-outs will be constructed into the entrance of Cherry Vale estate to include sight distance onto the main public road.
A turning point will be added to the designs for the Council estate to enable residents of both estates to interact more safely.