CONCERNS have been raised about the impact of a social housing development in Cork with locals said to be "angry and distressed" over the plans.
Murnane O’Shea Developers has submitted an application to build 54 new homes to be managed by an approved housing body on the grounds of St Dominics on Middle Glanmire Road in Montenotte.
Cork City Council is to acquire the new-build homes for social housing.
The homes are to be built on a 2.1-hectare site between a residential area and the St Dominic’s Institute and Retreat.
The development will comprise of eight two-bed townhouses, 41 three-bed houses and five four-bedroom homes. It is now subject to a public consultation process.
However, local councillor Joe Kavanagh (FG) said a smaller private home development granted planning a number of years ago would be more appropriate for the site.
“I believe that there is already planning granted on this site from a few years ago for 44 private houses but this development never progressed for whatever reasons. I have requested details on this application.
“Local residents are obviously very angry and distressed at this proposed development and I expect that there will be significant opposition to it in the form of observations and submissions to City Hall in the coming weeks.
“I fully support the concerns of the local community on the proposal to build 54 social houses on this site.
"Of course, we all recognise the need for much-needed housing but there is a significant deficit of private housing in the North East of the City and if houses are to be built in the grounds of St Dominic's, I believe that the original plans for 44 private houses on this site would be a far better option and the standard 10% social housing inclusion could be included in this more balanced development.
"It should also be noted that Cork City Council will be progressing 147 Housing Units on the Boherboy Road, Mayfield very close to the St Dominic's Site in the coming months as part of the Affordable Housing Scheme. This is a very welcome, positive and balanced scheme and will provide much-needed housing to the local community," Mr Kavanagh said.