€30m green light for 121 social homes in Blackpool and Shandon

€30m green light for 121 social homes in Blackpool and Shandon

An artist’s impression of the €30m apartment scheme approved for Blackpool.

A €30 million housing development in the heart of Blackpool was last night given the go-ahead by Cork City Council.

Proposals for 112 homes on Thomas Davis Street are now set to move ahead after approval by councillors.

The plan was one of several major housing projects approved by council last night in a significant boost to the city’s housing stock.

Councillors also approved a planning notice to convert two derelict sites on Shandon Street and John Philpott Curran Street into nine social houses.

Both schemes are deemed crucial in bringing new life to Cork’s traditional neighbourhoods.

Elected members were also asked to approve loans and assistance to a number of Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) for the provision of a range of housing, including a 50-home scheme in Shanakiel, for which councillors approved a loan of €3,009,576 to the Cooperative Housing Ireland Society to help develop the scheme.

Officials at City Hall also asked councillors to approve plans for 24 homes as part of phase 2C in the ongoing regeneration of Knocknaheeny, while elected members also gave their backing to a €2 million loan for Respond Housing Agency to acquire some 25 units on Millerd Street near the Mercy Hospital.

A number of smaller developments, including acquisitions and developments, were also on the council agenda, totalling 231 homes in all.

Brian Geany, the head of housing at Cork City Council, noted the significant number of developments.

“There are over 200 units for social housing on the agenda,” he said.

“It hasn’t been mentioned to date but it is important to note that and these will provide much-needed homes in these areas.”

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