Kilkenny is bucking the national trend when it comes to supplying social housing with 185 new homes delivered this year.
These housing units will be provided to families and individuals currently on the housing waiting list. 105 of these homes will be newly constructed and 80 will be purchased or leased. This exceeds the target of 133 units set for delivery in Kilkenny in 2018 under the national programme.
Cllr Andrew McGuinness, Chair of the Strategic Policy Committee on Housing outlined how the local authority building programme between now and the end of 2021 will provide a further 650 homes for people on the waiting list in Kilkenny.
While many of the housing units for delivery in 2018 are already completed, including developments at Moneenroe, Ferrybank and Rosbercon others are under construction and are nearing completion including units at Greensbridge in Kilkenny City, Barna in Freshford and Togher Way in Urlingford.
Other larger scale developments underway across the county will be completed and available next week with more than 220 new homes under construction as part of the housing delivery programme including large developments at Ballybought Street and Walkin Street in Kilkenny and Bolton and Friary Walk in Callan.
More than 240 units are at planning or procurement stage including new proposals at Castlecomer Road and Crokers Hill in Kilkenny, Donaguile in Castlecomer, Station Road in Ballyragget and Piltown.
Director of Services, Mary Mulholland outlined the ambitious delivery targets over the next three to four houses.
“Kilkenny County Council will deliver above and beyond its required targets under Rebuilding Ireland and will also maintain housing supports to those who need them. The council working with Affordable Housing Bodies will provide more than 600 new homes.”