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New social housing scheme opened in Macroom

March 10th, 2019 9:50 PM

By Southern Star Team

Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy, Mayor of the County of Cork, and Michael Creed TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, officially opening the Cork County Council-designed housing scheme at Fairfield Drive, Masseytown, Macroom, along with Clodagh Henehan, Cork County Council divisional manager

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The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy, was joined by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, to official open the Fairfield Drive housing scheme in Masseytown, Macroom.  

The scheme is one of a number of Cork County Council construction projects that will be delivered over the coming years to address need and meet the targets set in Rebuilding Ireland. 

Speaking of the development, Mayor Murphy commented on the Council delivering housing where needed and ahead of target: ‘Fairfield Drive is one of many such housing schemes that Cork County Council is making available to the people of Cork County. I wish the residents of Fairfield Drive every happiness in their new homes.”

Minister Creed praised the development, stating: ‘I’m delighted to see Cork County Council’s housing programme delivering.  These much-needed homes, and others throughout the country, are creating new communities and enhancing existing ones.  I look forward to seeing this development contribute to the vibrant and welcoming community of Macroom and its surrounding areas.”

These houses in Fairfield Drive are a much needed addition to the existing scheme built circa 20 years ago. The new scheme, built on one acre, comprises seven single-storey units, two three-bed family type units and five 2-bed units. Designed by Cork County Council’s Architects Department and constructed by Cahalane Bros Ltd, Dunmanway, with a contract value of €1.1m, the new scheme adheres to the standards set out in the Quality Housing for Sustainable Communities guidelines.  The former greenfield site now accommodates a diversity of residents in a variety of housing types with high standards of design. 

The scheme uses renewable technologies to achieve an A3 BER rating. 

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