Retention permission has been granted for one-bed short-term residential units at Abbey Street in the city.
Kilkenny Borough Council has given its approval for the 26 units at Bianconi Court, Black Friars Bridge, Abbey Street. There are 25 one-bed units and a two-bed unit, and all are short-term independent living residential units. The three buildings have a combined floor area of 825 square metres and are all in residential use.
When the planning application was made to the council in March, three of the residents submitted letters with the application outlining the benefits to them of living in Bianconi Court and how they feel very much at home there.
In making its decision, the council also took into account the scarcity of one-bedroom accommodation in the county and the expressed demand for it, especially among those seeking housing assistance from the local authority.
“Kilkenny County Council currently has 1,000 applicants on the housing list requesting/qualifying for a single bed unit (this figure refers to the County, and not just the city). This has been a problem for the housing section with little or no units available in this category over the last number of years,” the council wrote. “The proposed development provides high support single-bed units which alleviates homelessness and other pressures on local social services including housing.”