Montenotte housing update: Cork City Council could change controversial plan

Montenotte housing update: Cork City Council could change controversial plan

The 54 homes will be built on the grounds of St Dominic’s on Middle Glanmire Road in Montenotte. Pic Denis Scannell

Cork City Council is intending to change its plans for the proposed social housing development in Montenotte, it is understood.

The Montenotte development, which was earmarked for 54 social housing units, could now be a mixture of affordable, private homes and social housing.

This comes after opposition to the social housing development in the area. The Echo previously reported that more than 400 observations and submissions were made on the project. 

The Montenotte housing plan will not be discussed at tonight's City Council meeting as it has been deferred until February's meeting. 

Cork City Councillor Joe Kavanagh says that it has not been confirmed to him that the plan has changed, but that a mixed development would be "acceptable". 

"A mix of affordable housing and social housing is what we are working towards. It would be a continuity of development in the area.

"It would also enable everyone to get a chance to get on the housing ladder. It is what we are building all over the city, a mixture of private and social housing."

Meanwhile, Cork City Councillor Ted Tynan has said that Cork City Council is intending to change its plans.

"First of all in Cork city, as throughout the country, there is a raging housing crisis, housing emergency, with thousands of families with no decent home to live in," said Cllr Tynan.

"Arising from that then, there was a proposal from the housing director of Cork City Council last October when they announced plans to construct 54 public social housing units in the Mayfield/Montenotte area.

"And we instantly supported that and we were thrilled with the idea and the decision of the Cork City Council to construct these 54 dwellings."

Cllr Tynan then moves on to speak out against the opposition to these proposed homes. 

"But over the last two months or so, and by the way we had a public meeting in Mayfield on the 29th of November, which was attended by about 50-60 people, and it was quite successful. There was huge enthusiasm for the construction of these dwellings in Ennismore.

"...there is a shortage of available affordable public housing in the area. 

"I was informed last Thursday evening by the housing director of Cork City Council that they have received submissions from a number of people in the area... and resulting from that they have now compromised with scheme along the lines of "affordable" and social housing."

Mr Tynan said he was "shocked and disappointed" to hear that the plan may change.

"We will be organising a campaign to counter that decision and to apply pressure on Cork City Council to go ahead with its initial plans of 54 public housing units in the Ennismore area," he added.

Previously, The Echo reported that construction company Murnane O’Shea Ltd has submitted an application to build 54 homes, to be managed by an approved housing body, on the grounds of St Dominic’s on Middle Glanmire Road in Montenotte.

The homes are to be built on a 2.1-hectare site between a residential area and the St Dominic’s Institute and Retreat.

Cork City Council was to acquire the new-build homes for social housing exclusively.

The Council has been contacted for comment.

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