Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government, Alan Kelly, has announced the approval of over €7m worth of public housing developments in County Tipperary.
The news will create an estimated 70 jobs throughout the county and is part of the first phase of housing investment for the county which will see approximately €57m invested in various housing supports for Tipperary.
The Department of Environment is currently assessing a number of building projects submitted from Tipperary County Council with further investment expected to be announced later in the year. The move is part of a construction kick-off with Minister Kelly announcing the commencement of over 100 social housing projects throughout the country.
Clonmel will see the largest building boost with 20 houses approved at a council owned site on the Glencannor Road which will commence subject to planning approval, Cashel will also see 10 units built at Wallers Lot, Cashel with further projects in Cloughjordan, Thurles, Templemore and Gortnahoe.
Minister Kelly has targeted reducing the housing waiting list in Tipperary by 40 per cent by 2017 based on the most recent housing needs assessment carried out in the county in 2013. The new construction units will be expected to be in place by 2017.
“This is the first major house-building programme in Tipperary for many years,” he said.
The project for the Glencannor Road, Clonmel, could see an additional 30 to 40 construction jobs which would be a very welcome boost for South Tipperary,
“It forms one part of the €57m housing investment already announced with more construction projects expected. We have an excellent skill-base of builders in Tipperary and many of them are seeking work at the moment so this should provide a welcome boost,
“Housing is the number one priority for this Government and people in Tipperary will benefit from both the economic investment and the provision of housing once it comes on stream,” said Minister Kelly.