Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Patrick Gerard Murphy has turned the sod on a new 52 unit, residential development by Cork County Council, at Crann Ard, Fermoy, Co Cork.
This project is in being delivered as a turnkey development and follows the completion of a 10 unit development on Oliver Plunkett Hill last year, a recent sod turning at Duntahane by the Approved Housing Body Respond and significant progress on a rapid-build turnkey scheme at Corrin View, Fermoy. These schemes are part of Cork County Council's plans to deliver up to 3,000 new social housing units across Cork County during the period 2016 - 2021.
Speaking at the sod turning, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy said
“Cork County Council has built, acquired or leased over 1,700 housing units since 2015, through direct construction, acquisition of turnkeys, Part V delivery and its partnerships with Approved Housing Bodies. These new developments in Fermoy are expected to go a considerable way towards easing the social housing need in the Fermoy area and alleviating the pressures that many applicants find themselves under in the current climate. This development is a welcome boost for Fermoy Town and Cork County Council is proud to bring it to fruition.”
This development will be delivered within the existing estate of Crann Ard on Pike Road at the northern side of Fermoy town and forms part of the Rebuilding Ireland and Project Ireland 2040 programmes. As well as addressing the growing social housing need in the area, this development is an unfinished estate, so also has the benefit of addressing dereliction/abandonment and improving the area for existing residents.
Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey highlighted how these schemes are part of Cork County Council's plans to deliver up to 3,000 new social housing units in Cork during the period 2016-2021,
“ We are building social housing units, we are supporting the housing bodies to build and we are also facilitating and stimulating building in the private sector. Developments such as Crann Ard are hugely welcome and will go a long way towards addressing housing across Cork County.”