Unfinished houses set to be demolished

Unfinished houses in three Kilkenny estates are to be demolished and cleared following an allocation of €410,000 for legacy works approved by the Department of the Environment.

Unfinished houses in three Kilkenny estates are to be demolished and cleared following an allocation of €410,000 for legacy works approved by the Department of the Environment.

The estates involved are Togher Way/ Togher Crescent in Urlingford, Bridge Street in Callan, and Aylesbury in Ferrybank. A fourth housing estate, Abhainn Ri in Kilmanagh, is to miss out on the €36,000 sought for it.

In some cases, the land reclaimed will be turned back into a green space.

In Togher Way/Crescent, €250,000 will be available for the demolition of the partially-constructed units and the reversion of land back to a green field. The developer is now in receivership, and both developments will be brought to a standard for taking in charge.

The figure of €120,000 has been allocated for Aylesbury in Ferrybank, where the undeveloped area will be cleared and the bases of the houses will be removed. Open space will be provided for the ‘phase one’ houses.

In Callan, where €40,000 has been allocated, the partially-constructed units will be demolished and the land will revert to a green space. The site is currently for sale by the receiver.

The money has been approved on the condition that all the proposed works will be completed by the end of October this year. Funding was provided for in the national Budget 2014 to address the legacy of unfinished housing developments.

All local authorities were requested to forward a proposal to the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government for support. Any extra funding is to come from bonds on the developments or from within Kilkenny County Council’s own resources.

The council is now in negotiations with the relevant receivers, bondholders, and developers to seek agreement on the works proposed, and the funding required from the bond. The option of purchasing some of the land in some of the developments is on the table as part of the discussions currently under way.

In addition, Kilkenny County Council has sought funds for public safety works to two developments – Callan Manor, Bolton (15 houses) and Hunter’s Wood, Newmarket (three houses). The works will begin in late August and the allocation received this year is €51,800.