Minister English together with several local TDs and Councillors were welcomed to two new build housing developments in Navan today by Tuath Housing Chairman, Mr. Eamon Gavigan.
First stop was Gainsfield, Commons Road where Tuath, in partnership with Meath County Council
are acquiring a total of 60 new homes which comprise a mix of 2 and 3 bedroom properties. The developer Solidscape Limited, started on site in June 2018 after signing contracts with Tuath and will handover the first 20 homes at the beginning of August with the remaining 40 to be delivered on a phased basis throughout 2020. These high quality, A rated homes will be allocated to tenants from Meath County Council’s housing list
The second visit of the day took place at “Mainear Caisleán Dubh”, Slane Road, a recently completed, stand alone development comprising of 26 new build homes. This project was constructed by Modern Homes Ireland Limited (MHI). Uniquely 90% of the build of these homes was completed off site in a factory in Ballyjamesduff, Cavan before being transported to and finished on site facilitating the delivery of all homes in an efficient time effective manner. All 26 homes within this development have now been occupied by tenants from the Council’s Housing list. Tuath worked closely with MHI and Meath CoCo to ensure a number of properties were adapted to cater for the needs of some older people and people with disabilities .
Eamon Gavigan of Tuath stated:
‘The delivery of these homes represents collaborative and innovative working in practice. The success of these projects would not have been possible without good working relationships between all stakeholders including the DHPLG, Meath County Council, the HFA and the developers’
Head of Treasury at the HFA, Sean Cremin noted that “The HFA is very pleased to support the development by Tuath of these two important schemes in Mainear Caisleán Dubh and Gainsfield, which will provide funding for 63 of the 86 new social homes in Navan. The availability of low cost, long term fixed rate finance from the HFA continues 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. “
Minsiter Damien English said “I am delighted to see these projects being completed in both Gainsfield and Mainear Caisleán Dubh, Navan which will see 86 much needed homes across both schemes being allocated to families and will be a much welcomed addition to the housing stock in the county. These projects have been delivered by Túath Housing, working in partnership with Meath County Council using an innovative combination of capital funding provided by my Department via Meath County Council under the CALF and CAS schemes in conjunction with private finance from the Housing Finance Agency (HFA). These fantastic developments are just two of a number of projects that Túath Housing are undertaking in partnership with Local Authorities around the country to provide new social housing units. Projects such as these reflects the Government’s commitment to providing homes for families in their area of choice and we will continue to work with local authorities and approved housing bodies such as Tuath to continue delivering much needed homes across the country”
Chief Executive of Meath County Council, Jackie Maguire noted “Meeting the housing needs of individuals and families is the Council’s main priority, and we are delighted to work alongside Tuath Housing Association in the delivery of high quality, sustainable communities such as Mainear Caisleán Dubh and Gainsfield.
Meath County Council has an ambitious social housing delivery programme for the County, with 413 new social homes delivered in 2018 and funding approval to date in place for a further 634 homes to be delivered over the next two years, across both Approved Housing Body sector provision and Meath County Council’s own direct construction projects.
We hope that all the families who have taken up residence will enjoy many wonderful years here.”