Respond plan to build 46 houses in development at Duntahane in Fermoy
Construction has commenced on a much-needed €9.1m housing project in a North Cork town, in a project being developed by the country’s leading voluntary housing association.
Respond plans to build 46 house and a community building at Duntahane, Fermoy.
The houses will consist of 23 three-bed houses along with 20 two-bed and the remainder, four-bed.
Funded by the Department for Housing, Planning and Local Government and the Housing Finance Agency, construction is expected to take 15 months to complete.
A sod-turning ceremony at the site last week was undertaken by the Mayor of County Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy.
He said Cork County Council had built or acquired 1,293 housing units in the last three years, including 373 in collaboration with approved housing bodies such as Respond.
“I’d like to acknowledge the partnership between the Council, the Housing Finance Agency and Respond in coming together to supply the housing local people want, need and deserve,” said Cllr Murphy.
Respond currently owns and manages 432 social housing homes in Cork and it intends to develop 286 more between now and 2020.
Deputy David Stanton, who was representing the government at the ceremony, said he was very aware of the high standards that Respond achieved in their housing developments around the country.
“I’m sure the residents and families who will get to live in this state-of-the-art development will be very pleased with their new homes in Fermoy. The government is working towards many more such housing projects across the country,” he said.
Respond chief executive Declan Dunne said his organisation had a long and proud history in Cork and was committed to the provision of housing in Cork City and county.
Councillors Frank O’Flynn, Deirdre O’Brien, Kay Dawson, Noel McCarthy with TD Kevin O’Keeffe who watched County Mayor Patrick Gerard Murphy and Minister of State David Stanton turn the sod on a new residential development by Respond at Duntahane, Fermoy.