Construction to begin on social housing development in Clonlara as contracts signed

Contracts for the construction of a new social housing development in Clonlara were signed this Tuesday Picture: Eamon Ward

Contracts for the construction of a new social housing development in Clonlara were signed this Tuesday Picture: Eamon Ward

WORK on a new social housing development in Clonlara will commence next month after contracts were signed.

Clare County Council said the contracts were signed this Tuesday, paving the way for the nine home social housing development to get underway.

Funded by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government under the Rebuilding Ireland Programme, the development comprises a mix of two-bed, three-bed and four-bed units in a range of single and two storey houses.

Clare County Council today signed the contract with Pat Keogh Construction Ltd. with the main works to start in mid-November following lodgment of the commencement notice to Building Control.

“This new housing scheme will complement the existing Clare County Council development of 12 units at Glór na Srutha which was delivered in 2014,” said Mayor of Clare and Clonlara resident, Councillor Michael Begley. 

“The nine homes will address the housing needs of the village and surrounding area and most importantly, will provide new homes for families and elderly tenants enabling them to live in close proximity to the village and amenities.”

Pat Dowling, Chief Executive of Clare County Council, said the involvement of both the local community and elected members had been key to the development of the scheme’s design and layout.  

“The Council endeavours to build communities and not just homes and I hope the future residents of this housing scheme will enjoy an exceptional quality of life within the Clonlara community,” he said.

Welcoming the scheme, Councillor Gerry Flynn, Chair of the Social Development SPC in Clare’s local authority, said it was “it is great to see an additional scheme being delivered so soon in the area.

“I warmly welcome the continued investment being made by Clare County Council in its housing stock and as has been witnessed with Glór na Srutha, I have no doubt the new tenants will become active members of the local community in Clonlara in the years to come.”

The development is one of nice capital construction projects for Clare County Council that also include other sites in Feakle, Shannon, Ennis and Quilty.

Anne Haugh, Director of Social Development, Clare County Council, said the projects would “result in a minimum of 144 social homes being delivered directly by Clare County Council over the next 2 to 3 years. An additional 84 social homes are being delivered in partnership with Approved Housing Bodies.”

The design team for the Clonlara scheme was led by Hassett Leyden & Associates (Architect & Civil Structural Engineers), and also included Matt O’Mahony & Associates Ltd. (M&E Engineers) and Tom McNamara & Ptnrs (Quantity Surveyor).