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49 Social Housing Units For Carrigaline

49 Social Housing Units For Carrigaline
Writes Leo McMahon

Cork County Council has given the go-ahead for a scheme of 49 social housing units at Kilnagleary, Carrigaline.
The development will comprise 28 two-bed, 16 three-bed and five four-bed dwellings in three distinct clusters served by two access roads and all homes will front on to outer boundaries. Features include two large greens, 98 parking spaces, anti-speed ramps, extensive landscaping with native tree planting and solar energy cells on all roofs. A continuous footpath will link all units with the green spaces and the existing cul-de-sacs will be retained.
What is seen as the first phase of development on the green field site near Ferney Road is in close proximity to Carrigaline GAA and Tennis Clubs, Edmund Rice Secondary School and Educate Together National School.
Seven submissions were received and responded to in the Chief Executive’s Part 8 report as part of the planning process and discussed at a recent meeting of the council’s Bandon-Kinsale Municipal District (MD).
Proposing adoption of the report at Monday’s meeting of the full council in County Hall, Cllr Aidan Lombard (FG) said: ‘I think it’s fantastic that we have a development that will solve one-third of the housing list in Carrigaline.  While welcoming it I have a small reservation that we’re not designing houses that allow for downstairs bedrooms and that needs to be a policy we put in for families with children with disabilities’.
Seconding, Cllr Kevin Murphy (FG) said it was a wonderful proposal that would enhance the whole area at a time when there was a huge housing waiting list. He also agreed with Cllr Lombard’s point about providing for the disabled in all developments.
Cllr Marcia D’Alton (Ind) said the development was very well laid out and welcomed inclusion of solar panels. She echoed the point about the need for downstairs bedrooms in some units. Noting the concern about a lack of traffic impact assessment, she felt there should be a secondary response to points raised for councillors to endorse or not. 
County Mayor Seamus McGrath (FF) said the scheme highlighted the need to improve the Ferney Road, including a footpath link and traffic calming, as quickly as possible, having noted that the Part 8 report for this was recently approved.
Recommending approval, Chief Executive Officer Mr Tim Lucey said the issues raised had been debated at the MD and responded to so there was no need for any additional commentary on the details raised. The traffic report was satisfactory with two access points with the majority served by the road serving the tennis club.  He was aware of the need to upgrade Ferney Road which would form part of the funding for the capital programme due to come before councillors at an upcoming meeting.
Cllr D’Alton once again highlighted the difficulty caused by Carrigaline being divided into two MD areas resulting in she and fellow members from Carrigaline-Ballincollig MD not being privy to the details of the report discussed by Bandon-Kinsale MD where Kilnagleary is located. The CEO replied that the responses were to be read in the report circulated. The Part 8 report recommending the scheme was unanimously approved.
It was agreed to defer to the next meeting, consideration of the manager’s report for a proposed pedestrian and cycle greenway from Glenbrook to Raffeen Bridge.


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