Plans for 112 apartments in Blackpool submitted by City Hall

Plans for 112 apartments in Blackpool submitted by City Hall
A photomontage of the housing units proposed for Blackpool.

CORK City Council today submitted plans for 112 new apartments in the heart of Blackpool.

The development at Thomas Davis Street was approved by councillors in April.

The proposal is the latest in a number of social housing developments progressed by City Hall in an effort to increase the volume of local authority housing available in the city centre.

The proposal includes 112 apartments on a 1.32 hectare site of land on Thomas Davis Street in the heart of Blackpool village.

City Hall Head of housing Brian Geaney said: "This is one of the most significant housing schemes being undertaken in the State and the City Council in partnership with Cluid Housing Association is delighted that it being delivered in Cork City. The development will remove a large derelict site and will further contribute to the regeneration of Blackpool village along with other approved housing developments at Gerald Griffin Street & Thomas Davis Street."

The apartments would be built in five blocks, one of which would be dedicated to sheltered accommodation for older people. If approved, it would include 30 one-bed units and 6 two-bed units, as well as communal facilities. The remaining four blocks would provide general housing needs, including 11 one-bed units, 61 two-bed units and four three-bed units.

It is understood that the development will be managed by Clúid, the largest housing association in Ireland.

The plans will be available for inspection at City Hall until Monday, August 27, with city planners inviting submissions and observations until that date.

The development is one of a number in the course of planning. In all, City Hall has more than 400 homes in the planning process, including schemes on Barrack Street, White Street and Wood Street, which have been approved and are expected to commence in the coming months.

These schemes are in addition to the 406 units currently in various stages of construction, including major developments at Deanrock, Church Road, the Meadows and the Knocknaheeny regeneration scheme.

The Thomas Davis Street plan is the second major housing development announced for Blackpool this year following the submission of plans for 28 new apartments by City Hall earlier this year.

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