RENEWED calls have been made to turn a derelict site in Grange into a social housing project.
The site in the Pinecroft area, a former shop with housing units on the first floor, has been fenced off and unused for several years. The site is at the junction of Grangevale and Hillside.
The property has become a target for illegal dumpers in recent years and health and safety concerns have previously been raised over the site’s proximity to housing estates at the junction of Grangevale and Hillside both at the front and back of the property.
The grounds have been idle for almost two decades after businesses operating in a building on the site were closed down.
The frontage has a large car park, which was used to accommodate the shop and hairdressers. This is now overgrown with trees and bushes growing in it.
The land is listed on Cork City Council’s Derelict Sites Register with a market value of €250,000 and has been listed since July of 2011.
Councillor Deirdre Forde has called on the city council to deliver a report to councillors on the site and has described it as an “eyesore”.
Ms Forde wants the council to exercise its power to compulsorily purchase the land and develop a plan for social housing.
The site was inherited by the city council in May after the city boundary extension from the county council and the latter local authority had been in negotiations with the landowner until these broke down.
City Hall this month passed plans to get tougher on derelict site owners.
Under new policies devised by council officials, sites that are causing negative impacts for neighbours, sites in areas where housing need is identified, and those deemed to be of strategic importance and important to regeneration in targeted areas will be prioritised for placement on the Derelict Sites Register and for compulsory purchase orders (CPOs).
Cork City Council director of planning Fearghal Reidy said the council is looking to significantly increase the number of sites on its register and pursue CPOs more aggressively. There are currently in excess of 100 properties on the register.