One Third of Social Houses Here Given To People From Outside East Cork

By Seamus Whelehan


Cork County Council are to seek Government funding to develop lands at Abbeywood Baneshane, close to Gaelscoil Mhainistir na Corann, just off the N25.
Earlier this week Councillors gave permission for 61 rapid build houses on the site, to go back out for public consultation.
Last year the department of housing gave the local authority €13million to develop the site through public private partnership.
However, it’s believed the landowner now wishes to sell the land to the local authority.
According to a council source, Cork County Council intend to go on site towards the end of 2018, with completion of the project expected in early 2019.
Cork County Council would not make a comment as it said it was commercially too sensitive.
The news comes as figures released to the East Cork Journal show that Midleton is the highest area of demand for social housing in East Cork.
Based on demand almost 3,000 new social houses are needed for homeless people in the East Cork and Cobh municipal districts.
The figures released under freedom of information show that 853 people have expressed an interest in living in Midleton.
Carrigtwohill is the next highest area of demand at 511, followed by Cobh at 493, Glanmire 384, Youghal 356 and Little Island 156.
The County’s failure to provide enough homes to meet demand is driving up prices, rents and homelessness.
In the past twelve months 530 new applicants have joined the local authority’s housing list that now stands at 4,771, of those almost 1200 are on the list less than one year, with 220 waiting over 10 years.
This year Cork County Council delivered only 10 new builds with a target to deliver 274 new units across the county by 2019.
Last month Councillors criticised the Council’s new choice based letting (CBL) scheme for housing people in areas in which they have no connection.
A first time hosing applicant must first identify three areas of preference and satisfy the local authority they have a link to those locations.
Although through CBL, people from outside East Cork are allowed bid on houses here, while locals remain on the list.
While only half those eligible for social housing are logged onto the Council’s new housing system, a third of houses given out in the Cobh and East Cork Municipals were to people from outside the area.
The information obtained through freedom of information has found that of 47 homes given to those on the housing list 16 were from outside East Cork.