CITY Hall has been given the go-ahead to seek planning permission for an €11.5m housing redevelopment comprising of 50 houses on the city’s northside.
The City Council has received approval from the Department of Housing to proceed with planning for the Boyces Street/Upper Cattle Market Street proposed housing redevelopment.
Fifty-one new homes will be built on Boyce’s Street, just off Blarney Street to replace 44 homes – many of which are not fit for purpose or in a derelict state.
Construction is set to be finished by late 2019.
Blarney Street Community Association chairman Tom Coleman said residents have been campaigning for the redevelopment since 1989 and it will revitalise the area.
“It is great news for the area. It’s a breath of fresh air and should herald a new era for the area and it signifies the end of a long campaign. I’m so delighted it has finally been confirmed. The funding was the big thing but now it is secured.
“There is also 25 new units, in a private operation up the road, starting in three weeks. It’s great to have appropriate development in the area.
“They will be state of the art homes. Residents will move out during construction and move back in when the work is in finished," he added.
Mr Coleman lauded the work of former Lord Mayor Catherine Clancy and current local councillor and community worker Lil O’Donnell in bringing the project to fruition.
“There was a combined effort between all local past and current north central councillors,” said Mr Coleman.
“It will transform an area that was once the most sought after are in on the northside but went down badly via bad design. The people have had no quality of life there and our campaign to revitalise the area has been going on for several years.
“The houses that were built there were back to front - the backs of the houses were facing out into Boyce's St before we got all that rectified,” he added.