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, Cork County Council’s Housing Infrastructure Implementation Team 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 to provide strategic infrastructure for 4 sites in March 2017, namely, Shannonpark, Ballinglanna, Water-Rock and Ballincollig. Both Ballinglanna & Ballincollig UEA’s have been designated to be within the new city boundary from June 2019 and have been transferred to Cork City Council’s jurisdiction. Cork County Council is continuing to progress the Shannonpark & Water-Rock projects.
In January 2019, Cork County Council applied for and secured funding under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF) to examine and progress the Carrigtwohill North UEA.
Both Carrigtwohill North and Water-Rock UEA’s are HIIT’s priorities for 2020.