Now, more than ever, the UEAs are an important component of meeting Cork´s ambitious housing targets as set out in its Core Strategy in the Cork County Development Plan 2014
The key to delivering housing on the UEAs is providing the necessary roads and water infrastructure to open up the lands and facilitate their development.
At the beginning of 2017, HIIT set about applying for funding under the Government´s Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF) as part of the Rebuilding Ireland Initiative for the provision of strategic infrastructure to unlock large development sites for 200 units+.
Cork County Council was granted €20.4 million in funding on 4 sites in March 2017, namely, Shannonpark, Ballinglanna, Water-Rock and Ballincollig, which have been HIIT’s priority to date. Ballincollig is not proceeding at present as it is not possible to secure the requisite agreement with developers. All other UEAs are being progressed in relation to strategies for their implementation. It is noted that there will be a transfer of a number of Urban Expansion Areas to the City Council under the new boundary arrangements in the future.