Coveney turns the sod for a new social housing development at Fr. O’Flanagan Terrace, Sligo
Simon Coveney, Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, performed the ‘sod turning’ today (17 February) for a new development of 22 social homes at Fr O’ Flanagan Terrace, Sligo. The homes will be a mix of one, two and three bedroom houses and apartments, which are designed to achieve an A3 BER rating, making them some of the most energy efficient houses in the town. The overall cost of the project is around €3.7m and it will provide valuable construction activity in the town.
Last year, Minister Coveney launched Rebuilding Ireland: Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness, which provides for the delivery of 47,000 social housing units through various means such as construction, returning vacant units to productive use, acquisitions, and leasing, involving both local authorities and Approved Housing Bodies. Funding of €5.35bn has been made available to support the social housing delivery under the Action Plan.
Addressing the invited guests at the Sligo launch, including Elected Members of Sligo County Council, Council Officials, local residents, the contractor and the consultants on the project, the Minister said: “Delivery is now happening for social housing in a real way, and today is an example of that. We are getting projects approved and launched and nationally, we now have over 500 approved social housing projects that will give us around 8,500 new social homes, and we’re constantly adding to that list”.
The Minister urged local authorities to accelerate the delivery of housing units and make the most out of the major public investment that is going into housing. And he assured local authorities that the funding is there to support their efforts.
The Minister paid tribute to the Elected Members and Council Officials in Sligo for bringing this new and ambitious project forward and wished the contactor, Brendan Sammon Ltd, the design team and all involved in this project, all the very best in achieving the timely delivery of the new homes.