Kan­turk so­cial hous­ing plan given green light


The Corkman - - NEWS - BILL BROWNE

THE long-run­ning saga over a plan to build a 12-unit so­cial hous­ing de­vel­op­ment in Kan­turk has fi­nally cleared its fi­nal hur­dle after it was rub­ber-stamped at a full meet­ing of Cork County Coun­cil.

The ini­tial pro­posal for 16 houses on the site at Blue­pool had been adopted by Kan­turk/ Mal­low area county coun­cil­lors last Fe­bru­ary, de­spite some con­cerns over is­sues in­clud­ing the den­sity of the pro­posed scheme.

How­ever, that de­ci­sion was over­turned when it went be­fore full coun­cil for ap­proval and sub­se­quently re­vised down to 12 houses, prompt­ing con­cerns that the plan may be shelved in­def­i­nitely while the de­sign and plan­ning process was re­vis­ited. It had been fur­ther feared that any un­due de­lay might see fund­ing for the project sus­pended or even with­drawn.

The project was put back on track in April when Coun­cil of­fi­cials sub­mit­ted a Part 8 ap­pli­ca­tion for the 12-house scheme and a re­port on the plan was sub­mit­ted to Kan­turk/Mal­low, with coun­cil­lors sup­port­ing a rec­om­men­da­tion that it pro­ceed to full coun­cil for ap­proval.

The Part 8 ap­pli­ca­tion was for­mally given ap­proval at last Mon­day’s full coun­cil meet­ing in County Hall, much to the re­lief and de­light of Kan­turk/ Mal­low com­mit­tee chair Cllr Timmy Collins (Ind).

“I was also pleased to see that as part of the over­all plan it has been agreed to be­gin the process of clos­ing off the laneway lead­ing to the Mar­ket Place, which has for some time been a hub for cer­tain anti-so­cial be­hav­iour,” said Cllr Collins.

He paid trib­ute to Coun­cil of­fi­cials for their in­put in en­sur­ing the de­vel­op­ment will go ahead.

“The did all they could to ad­dress the con­cerns raised by lo­cal res­i­dents and adapted the pro­posal where they could to take in cer­tain is­sues. I know some peo­ple are not en­tirely happy with the fi­nal plan, but you can not please all the peo­ple all the time,” said Cllr Collins.

The pro­posal will now go out to ten­der, with Cllr Collins say­ing that he would hope work on the site would com­mence in early au­tumn.

“Given that there are cur­rently 149 ap­pli­cants on the hous­ing list, these new houses and the 25 unit de­vel­op­ment on Mil­lview Road that was granted plan­ning per­mis­sion in Fe­bru­ary, will help to ad­dress the chronic hous­ing prob­lem in the area,” said Cllr Collins.

Mean­while, Part 8 plan­ning was also ap­proved for a 50 unit de­vel­op­ment at Oak­wood in Mac­room as well as a fur­ther 102 Private Public Part­ner­ship (PPP) units in Sk­ib­bereen and Clon­akilty.

The schemes are part of an am­bi­tious plan by Cork County Coun­cil to de­liver 3,008 new units across the county by the end of 2021 un­der the So­cial Hous­ing Strat­egy.

Kan­turk/Mal­low MDC chair, Cllr Timmy Collins (Ind).

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