ELEVEN new local authority homes are to be developed in Urlingford in what is another housing boost for Kilkenny, according to Fine Gael TD, John Paul Phelan, writes Sean Keane.
The Department has issued formal Stage 1 Approval for 11 new homes at Togher Way in Urlingford. It’s a €1,859,050 investment which will go some way towards addressing the urgent need for quality, new homes for local authority tenants in the area, Deputy Phelan said.
“Stage 1 approval basically means the Department has approved the budget for the scheme. While there’s a way to go yet, it is good news for the many on the housing list in the general north Kilkenny area. As we await the design, planning approval and building of these homes, we need to look at more immediate solutions for the many families facing another Christmas in unsuitable accommodation.
“We need to put in place more attractive incentives for the many private owners of sub-standard or derelict houses right across Kilkenny to spur them to renovate such properties, make them habitable and rent them.
“Not only would such measures provide countless families with homes but it would also boost the building sector in small towns and villages right across Kilkenny. In the majority of cases, such work in local area typically goes to local tradesmen and women, providing an additional spin-off for the region,” Deputy Phelan added.
The 11 new homes for Urlingford follow hot on the heels of investment in Piltown in recent weeks and a local authority report in June of this year which showed that there were 2,794 on the housing list. Of these, 45 per cent were looking for a one bedroom property; 32 per cent were awaiting news of a 2 bedroom home; 20 per cent needed a 3 bedroom house while just 3 per cent were searching for a four bedroom property.