Work to start on 70 social housing units by year end
Cork County Council plans to build 70 social housing units at Abbeywood, Midleton, and hopes to start construction on them before the end of the year.
Councillors were informed of the news by senior County Hall officials who outlined their plans at a meeting of the East Cork municipal district council.
They said they had approval from the department for the €14m project, which would consist of a mixture of four, three and two bedroom units, with some bungalows which would be disability-friendly.
They said they had already carried out flood and traffic and transportation studies in the area.
As a precaution to prevent flooding, which has occurred on the site previously, new and larger culverts will be constructed in advance of building.
Officials said the new culverts will offer greater capacity, which will significantly reduce flooding upstream of the site.
They will allow low-lying sites downstream to flood during periods of extreme rainfall to protect properties and are liaising with the council team and OPW engineers working on the overall flood relief scheme for Midleton on the project.
Feedback from them will be included in the final detailed design for the housing project.
A new pumping station will be provided for the housing scheme and agreement for that has been reached with Irish Water.
Councillors welcomed the project as there are more than 800 people on the housing waiting list in the Midleton area.
“This scheme was a long time coming. It’s brilliant because Midleton is absolutely starved of housing ,” Cl lr Susan McCarthy said.
Cllr Danielle Twomey said she was concerned about possible flooding on the site and was informed by officials several precautions were being taken, including raising floor levels in the houses about normal height.
Cllr Michael Hegarty wanted road upgrades in the area to accommodate the extra traffic the housing project will generate, especially in relation to cars accessing the N25.