Taoiseach turns sod on €198,000 ‘affordable houses’ in Cork (at Boherboy Road, Lotamore, Mayfield)

16 November 2019
By Mary Bermingham
mary@TheCork.ie

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, An Tánaiste, Mr Simon Coveney & Mr Eoghan Murphy, Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government were in Cork this afternoon to turn the sod at the official launch of the Affordable Housing Scheme at Boherboy Road, Lotamore, Mayfield, Cork.

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, An Tanaiste Mr Simon Coveney & Mr Eoghan Murphy, Minister for for Housing Planning & Local Government, Lord Mayor Cllr John Sheehan, Ann Doherty CE Cork City Council and Represeentatives of Emmaville Ltd., , Clancy Construction & Lyonshall Ltd turning the sod at the official Launch of the affordable Housing Scheme at Boherboy Road Lotamore, Mayfield. Picture: Tony O’Connell Photography.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Colm Burke the Cork North-Central by-election candidate, Tanaiste Simon Coveney and Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy at the turning of the sod of the 40 million Affordable Housing Scheme at Boherboy Road, Mayfield. Photo: Billy macGill.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Colm Burke the Cork North-Central by-election candidate, Tanaiste Simon Coveney and Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy at the turning of the sod of the 40 million Affordable Housing Scheme at Boherboy Road, Mayfield. Photo: Billy macGill.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Senator Colm Burke the by-election candidate and Cllr. Joe Kavanagh at the turning of the sod of the 40 million Affordable Housing Scheme at Boherboy Road, Mayfield. Photo: Billy macGill.

The €40 million value project on a 13-acre (5.13 hectare) site, assembled and being made available by Cork City Council, is the first affordable purchase housing scheme in the country. A total of 153 homes are to be constructed at the Mayfield site immediately. 116 energy efficient affordable homes  are being made available at affordable prices: 24 two bedroom homes and 92 three bedroom units as well as a creche and ancillary site / landscaping works. In addition, a portion of the site is being made available to a housing asssociation to build and manage 37 appartments for social tenure requirements.

Lord Mayor, Cllr John Sheehan said: “One of the many housing issues that needs addressing is to enable people to start their own homes and families locally, and near their  communities. Homes were much easier to purchase in the past, and therefore,  I am delighted to see this great initiative taken by the Council and that these affordable homes, designed by leading Architects, O ‘Mahony Pike and built by Lyonshall / Clancy Joint Venture, will shortly be available to eligible individuals and young families”.

Director of Housing, Brian Geaney said: “The two critical ingredients here are the City Council supporting this scheme by assembling the lands and providing them at cost for the project and the Government providing a substantial Site Services Grant under its Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan for Housing. These homes are in addition to our wider housing delivery programme in Cork City which we have ramped up to a stage where we have more than 1000 social and affordable homes  under construction and more at various stages of planning.’’

This is the first Affordable Housing Purchase project in the State to be funded under the Serviced Sites Fund. This scheme is approved to receive a €4.968 million Serviced Sites grant operated by the Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government. This grant will fund the servicing of the site and infrastructural upgrades to the nearby road network and local drainage services which in turn will assist the affordability and viability of the homes.

Emmaville Limited, a joint venture between Clancy Construction & Lyonshall Limited, is the residential developer for the Boherboy Road Scheme. A public procurement competition sought tenders for technical proposals from competent bidders to develop the infrastructure, dwellings and crèche on Council owned lands to be sold to the market at affordable prices.

Facts & Figures

Proposed breakdown of housing mix:

  • Price Range of the 116 affordable units as follows:
  • 2 Bedroom dwelling – from € 198,000 / 3 Bedroom dwelling – from €223,000
  • The above cost reflects service sites funding & Help to Buy Scheme operated by Revenue for eligible purchasers.
  • 30 Month project delivery programme (5 Phases) Construction to commence October 2019.

Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan Examples: Based on a joint application with income of €75,000

2 & 3 Bedroom Dwellings

  2 Bedroom Dwelling 3 Bedroom Dwelling
Selling Price € 198,000 €223,000
Loan Value €178,200 € 200,700
Interest Rate 2% 2%
Loan Term 25 years 25 years
Monthly Repayment (TRS incl.) €785.00 €865.00

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