Information evening on 18-unit housing plans for Kilkenny's former Brógmaker site

Staff from Kilkenny County Council’s housing section will attend to answer questions the public have

Sam Matthews

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CASTLECOMER ROAD

The Brogmaker: An information evening takes place at the Newpark Hotel’s Glendine Suite from 4pm to 8pm on Wednesday, November 7

An information evening on the proposed new housing developments at the former Brógmaker site on the Castlecomer Road will take place next Wednesday, November 7.

Having purchased the site last year, Kilkenny County Council has since revealed proposals to convert the well-known pub and guesthouse building into ten apartments. It’s also proposed to demolish the dormer building and construct two new apartments in its place, and build two new houses and four new apartments in what is currently the carpark.

The decision to buy the site last autumn — for a sum of €850,000 recoupable from the Government under Rebuilding Ireland — was not without some controversy. Some councillors said they had first learned of the purchase on social media, while one councillor, Malcolm Noonan, described it as ‘utterly bizarre’ at the time.

Rampant speculation on social media and in the public arena then lead to the council issuing a statement to clarify that the premises had ‘not been bought to accommodate refugees’. A spokesman for the council said the purchase of the site was for the provision of social housing, to meet the needs of approved applicants on the housing list.

An information evening, at which plans and details of the proposed development will be on display, takes place at the Newpark Hotel’s Glendine Suite from 4pm to 8pm on Wednesday, November 7. Staff members from Kilkenny County Council’s housing section will attend to answer any questions the public might have. All are welcome to attend.

The plans are also on display at County Hall, John Street until Friday, November 16. The closing date for submissions or observations is Friday, November 30.

Development
The eastern part of the city has recently seen the opening of five new self-contained one-bed units, specifically for women, at the former Greensbridge B&B. The houses, designed by Brian Dunlop Architects and built by Ashgrove Construction, are part of

Kilkenny County Council’s housing delivery programme which is expected to deliver more than 185 new homes this year. The council has said at present it is ahead of its Rebuilding Ireland 2018-2021 targets.