27 January 2016
By Bryan T. Smyth
Clúid Housing, in partnership with Cork County Council, has purchased an apartment complex in ‘The Granary’, Sleaveen Road, Macroom and as a result 29 families, from Cork County Council’s housing waiting list, are moving into their new homes.
The development is located close to Macroom town centre and is made up of two and three bedroom units which were originally built in 2005 but had been idle for a number of years.
Clúid and Cork County Council joined forces to deliver more housing and “The Granary” is an example of the innovative and creative housing solutions, based on effective partnerships, which have become part and parcel of the delivery of the national Social Housing Strategy. This model of housing development is financed using private finance via the Housing Finance Agency along with the support of a small government loan, both of which are secured with support from Cork County Council.
Commenting today at the recording of a promotional video for ‘The Granary’ at Cork County Hall, the County Mayor, Cllr John Paul O’Shea acknowledged the excellent work undertaken by Clúid Housing in what are very challenging times for Housing throughout Cork County. “The success story of The Granary is testament to an innovative partnership between Clúid and Cork County Council and we as a Council are delighted to support such a forward thinking venture that has ensured 29 families have a new home. It is my intention as Mayor to see the continuation of this partnership approach to ensure that housing developments like The Granary are the first of many housing initiatives as we forge a long collaboration with Clúid and other Approved Housing Bodies into the future”.
Mary Ryan added that , “Cork County Council’s target for delivery of new social units through the Housing Strategy for the three years 2015 – 2017 is 1,217 units and, working with bodies such as Clúid which is the largest independent, not-for-profit housing association in Ireland will help deliver these affordable homes to people in need”.