Solidarity - The Left Alternative are proposing an ambitious, costed proposal to develop 800 social & affordable homes on the Old Whitechurch Road in Cork City.
In Cork, there are currently nearly 5,000 on the housing waiting list, 43 homeless families and more and more workers and young people find it impossible to pay skyrocketing rents. This development could represent an important step towards dealing with the housing crisis in the city.
However, Cork City Council plan to use the site for just 600 houses, with most to be sold on the open market at rates which will be unaffordable to many ordinary people.
Our proposal contains 600 houses and 200 apartments. Nearly 80 four beds, 413 three beds, 550 two beds and nearly 100 one bed units. This includes 80 4-bedroomed houses; 300 3-bedroomed houses and 220 2-bedroomed houses. The proposal is also for 20 3-bedroomed apartments; 140 2-bedroomed apartments and 40 1-bedroomed apartments.
50% will be ring-fenced for social housing and the other 50% will be available on an Affordable Mortgage Scheme.
The Solidarity proposal includes plans for a community Centre with a dedicated youth Centre/cafe; green open space including football grounds; and a re-opening of the train stop at Kilbarry.
We want this development to be funded from Cork's capital budget and investment from the Department of the Environment & the Housing Agency.
Rather than hand this land over to a private developer, let’s use public land for public need and develop affordable homes for ordinary people.
We call on Cork City Council to adopt this proposal.