CORK City Councillors have given the green light to two social housing projects in Ballincollig, which will provide in excess of 100 new homes.
At this week's city council meeting, councillors approved Part 8 planning for a 64-unit housing estate in Poulavone.
Additionally, a 43-unit social housing development at Denroches Cross was also approved.
The projects both went to public consultation on February 28 and were due to close to submissions on April 15.
However, due to Covid-19, the Part 8 applications were suspended and re-advertised on June 8.
Submissions already received by Cork City Council were retained and taken into consideration.
In total, the proposed development at Poulavone received 35 submissions, whilst the Denroches Cross proposed development received a total of nine submissions.
Following the consultation phase, the originally advertised 70-unit development at Poulavone was reduced to 64 after a series of six three-storey apartment blocks were reduced in height and redesigned, arising out of concerns submitted.
The development was initially proposed by Cork County Council but the process was taken over by Cork City Council following the boundary extension.
The development, Gairdín Uí Ruacháin, is a mix of apartments, terraced, detached homes and semi-detached homes and bungalows – some of which will be specially adapted.
Fianna Fáil councillor Colm Kelleher said the social housing development marked a “substantial milestone”.
He said the project is a testament to the council’s “commitment to provide social housing to people in the city” and will also secure a “big vote of confidence” in Cork City Council for people living in areas now considered the city following the boundary extension.
In Denroches Cross, 18 one-bed apartments, 20 two-bed apartments and five two-bed duplex homes have been given the green light by councillors.
Demolition of existing vacant buildings will be carried out first.
“There is a clear demand for social housing across the entire city and this innovative scheme of new homes will provide much needed accommodation and will help contribute to dealing with the housing demand by families in this area of the City in addition to enhancing the area and its amenities as outlined above,” Chief Executive Ann Doherty stated in her report issued to councillors.
The Lord Mayor, Councillor Joe Kavanagh welcomed the developments saying:
“We in City Hall are always delighted to deliver many of the projects that we have inherited from our friends in County Hall.”