HOUSING Minister Simon Coveney will turn the sod on a new 800 house development in Carrigaline on Monday.
Janeville, built by ASTRA Construction, is a 100-acre development which will be built in three phases, delivering between 60 and 100 houses a year for the next decade. The development was first mooted more than a decade ago, and is now being built as part of the Shannonpark Master Plan, which will transform housing and transport in the area north of Carrigaline, towards the city and Ringaskiddy.
Local Fine Gael councillor John A. Collins said that it is "hugely welcome" and fitted into the wider plans for the area.
He said that upgrades to the Shannonpark roundabout, which will be helped along by a €600,000 investment would deliver an extra lane of traffic towards Carrigaline, which would ease traffic and provide access to this estate. He said that the project would also put pressure on the government to provide funding for the M28 to Ringaskiddy, as many of the houses were likely to be taken by people working there.
"Carrigaline is growing at a phenomenal rate. The demand is unbelievable. The housing is being moved where the jobs are. 800 houses. That's 5,000 people. There is now a pressure on the government to deliver the M28," he said.
He said that these houses were on the right side of the town too, meaning that, while he hoped residents would shop and socialise locally, that it would not impact traffic.
"The good thing is that they are on the Cork side, so that will not affect traffic through the village."