Minister English turns the sod and lays a brick on two new housing developments due for completion in 2020
Minister Damien English was welcomed to two new housing developments by Tuath CEO, Sean O’Connor
First stop of the day was to Farran in Mullingar with 14 homes being built to include four 2 bed bungalows, funded through the Department of Housing’s CAS grant scheme, and five 3 bed and, five 2 bed semi-detached houses, funded via private finance from the Housing Finance Agency and a loan from the Department of Housing. The land was provided by Westmeath County Council under the low-cost sites scheme with building contractors, TH Contractors Ltd, on site with an expected completion in Autumn 2020.
Second up, was a visit to a site for 44 new homes at Royal Canal, just off the Ardmore Road and within walking distance to Mullingar town centre. The scheme contains a mix of housing types catering for varying needs such as single person and family requirements, older persons and people with disabilities. All homes will be disabled access compliant with lift access to the main apartment block and some homes will have level access wet rooms for persons with disabilities or mobility issues. The energy efficient homes will be ready for occupation in September and November 2020 with all properties due to be allocated to persons from the Council’s housing waiting list.
Tuath already manage 100 homes throughout the county with a further 120 homes due for delivery by 2021 which includes 12 homes in Rotchfortbridge and 32 homes in Athlone. Tuath currently have over 5,300 homes in management nationwide catering for over 15,000 people, 300 homes on site and a strong pipeline to deliver a further 2,500 new homes by 2023.
Sean O’Connor, CEO of Tuath stated: “We are delighted to be once again working with Westmeath County Council to provide new social homes in the County. We already manage 100 homes in the Westmeath area and have a strong pipeline of over 120 new homes for delivery before 2021, demonstrating the effective working partnership between Tuath and Westmeath County Council’’.
Acting Director of Service at Westmeath County Council said that “Westmeath County Council is happy to partner with Tuath Housing in the delivery of new build housing units at Farran and Royal Canal, Mullingar. The Council currently has almost 500 households qualified for social housing support in Mullingar. Both of these schemes will assist in meeting this demand for housing”.
CEO of the HFA, Housing Finance Agency, Barry O’Leary noted that “The Housing Finance Agency is very pleased to support this development at Farran, Mullingar. The scheme will provide for ten of the family homes for families via €1.4m of low cost, long term fixed rate finance from the HFA which is an essential component in ensuring project viability. The Housing Finance Agency will continue to support the strong growth in activity by Tuath and other approved housing bodies across the country as we work together to achieve the objectives set out in Rebuilding Ireland. “
Minister Damien English said, ‘I am delighted to be here today to mark the commencement of works on these two housing schemes for Tuath Housing. It is always a pleasant experience to be present at the start of something great and I look forward to the day when these houses are completed and are occupied. We have 370 such schemes on sites nationwide which are delivering some 6,500 social housing homes and I would like to acknowledge the work of both Local Authorities and Approved Housing Bodies in delivering these homes. Today’s announcement demonstrates further progress under Rebuilding Ireland.’
Padraig Carrol of DalCar Developments Ltd said “We are delighted to have Minister English here today for the official brick laying ceremony for the development of these proposed 44 energy efficient, A-rated quality housing units. These units once completed, will deliver much needed housing for people in the local area who will finally have a place to call home” Padraig Carroll Co-Founder of DalCar Developments Ltd.