The figure was revealed following a query from Councillor Sean Martin (FF) as to whether bonds were sought from developers to pay for completing supporting infrastructure such as roads, lighting and sewers.
City Hall director of housing, Brian Geaney, said the process of ‘taking in charge’ housing developments has already begun in 34 social and affordable housing estates which have yet to be formally taken over by the Council.
“The project involves intensive engagement with a range of stakeholders, which is currently underway, including the utility providers.
Once this process is completed, a programme of works will be implemented,” he said.
“The vast majority of the estates listed were developed under Part 8 planning consent and as such a bond condition will not apply,” he added.
Councillor Joe Kavanagh (FG) highlighted Orchard Court in Blackpool, which was constructed in 1999 but has yet to have its maintenance taken over by Cork City Council.
Ken O’Flynn (FF) said the problem of unfinished housing estates is citywide and funds are needed from the Department of Housing to tackle the problem.
“Here we are in 2019 and Orchard Court estate still isn’t taken in charge. This is an example of the plethora of estates in the city at the moment.”