600 new homes to be built on the Old Whitechurch Road

600 new homes to be built on the Old Whitechurch Road

PLANS for 600 new homes on the Old Whitechurch Road are to be submitted by City Hall next month.

The 22-hectare site will be the single biggest housing development in Cork city, with the majority of these set to be aimed at the affordable housing market.

It will become the City Council's landmark project for tackling housing shortages on Leeside.

Brian Geaney, Cork City Council's new housing director, described it as 'a very significant scheme.'

A report presented to members noted that significant enabling works to improve transport access and other infrastructure, including water, drainage and telecoms, are required, with these works 75% funded by the government through the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF).

Separately, City Hall has given the green light to plans to build 30 houses on the site of a car showroom in Bishopstown.

The site was previously zoned for business and technology use, with a vote required by members of Cork City Council to alter this to allow for residential development.

The 0.23 hectare proposed development site is located on the Model Farm Road. It currently includes a car sales showroom and a yard and is situated between a filling station and the Model Business Park.

The developer has proposed the construction of 30 homes on the site, including ten duplex residential units and 20 apartments.

Elected members expressed concern about the current plans.

Solidarity councilor Fiona Ryan said, "This is the last substantial land bank that we have to maximise. Solidarity put in a proposal for 800 houses on the site."

Fianna Fail's John Sheehan said that City Hall needs to follow through the development with economic, social and infrastructural work elsewhere on the northside of the city.

He said it is one element of a series of major housing units planned.

"The wider area, which is currently split between city and county, has about 1700 units planned in total," he said.

This includes 400 proposed for the Longview Development in Ballyvolane, 400 at White's Cross, 600 on Old Whitechurch Road, 84 at Sunbeam, 117 in Blackpool and the 20 acres at Dublin Hill which could have approximately 200 units, Mr Sheehan explained.

"We have to fulfill our commitments to those in need of social housing but also those just above the threshold," he continued.

"In twelve months, we will have a bigger city and, hopefully, more sites available, many on the northside. Generations have grown up here and moved out to Tower, Whitechurch and other areas because of the lack of housing here and, hopefully, this will allow us to reintegrate some of those back in here while also developing new communities."

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