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Courtmacsherry's social housing project clears planning hurdle

September 30th, 2019 10:05 PM

By Southern Star Team

Courtmac: housing plan clear hurdle. (Photo: Martin Walsh)

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A HOUSING development in Courtmacsherry comprising 17 units has cleared a planning hurdle.  

Cllr Paul Hayes has welcomed the commencement of the scheme at Ard na Greine which comprises six, three bed houses and 11, two bed houses, but was also critical of the slow progress of vital housing projects in the area.

‘While I welcome the progression of 17 new social houses in Courtmacsherry through the Part 8 planning process, I’m extremely frustrated with the slow pace of projects like this one. In December 2015, a decision was made at a meeting of the Western Division of Cork County Council to build much needed social housing on council owned land in Courtmacsherry and other former serviced sites in West Cork. Four years later, and these houses are still not up and providing much needed housing to the thousands languishing on housing waiting lists.

‘The hoops and obstacles that the Council have had to go through with this project as well as proposed estates in Clonakilty and other areas of West Cork is appalling, and just goes to prove the inadequacies of this government, and the minister in particular, in dealing with the dire housing crisis.’

He added: ‘Hopefully we’ll see ground broken on the Beechgrove estate in Clon by month end, with The Miles estate starting a few weeks after that.’

In the meantime, submissions or observations on the proposed estate in Courtmacsherry can be made up until October 25th.

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