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Social housing on the way for Quilty, Roslevan & Newmarket-on-Fergus

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* (L-R): Anne Haugh, Director of Social Development, Clare County Council; Pat Dowling, Chief Executive, Clare County Council; Mayor of Clare, Councillor Michael Begley;David Whelan, K & D Whelan Construction Ltd. Back (L-R) Max Krauss, Hassett Leyden & Associates ; Ger O’Malley, Tom McNamara & Ptnrs (Quantity Surveyor); Councillor Gerry Flynn, Chair of the Social Development SPC.

Construction is to begin on housing schemes at Quilty and Roslevan next month while 18 new homes have been announced for Newmarket-on-Fergus.

On Wednesday, Clare County Council signed a contract with Martin’s Construction Ltd. for the delivery of a new social housing development in Quilty. Construction work on 18 residential units, the upgrade of the existing access road and landscaping to the adjoining Seaview Park. Funded by the Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government under the Rebuilding Ireland Programme, the development comprises a mix of 2-bed, 3-bed and 4-bed units in a range of single and two storey houses. The development, which has a contract duration of 16 months, is a high quality, low energy design providing quality housing for sustainable communities.

Also coming from the same pool of funds is a social housing development comprising 8 residential units at Roslevan. Site development works and services will commence next month. The development comprises a mix of 2-bed, 3-bed and 4-bed units in a range of single and two storey houses with a contract duration of 12 months. The local authority signed a contract with K & D Whelan Construction Ltd to deliver the project while the design team was led by led by Hassett Leyden & Associates (Architect), P. Coleman & Associates (Civil Structural Engineers) and also included Matt O’Mahony & Associates Ltd.  (M&E Engineers) and Tom McNamara & Ptnrs (Quantity Surveyor).

Chair of the Council’s Social Development SPC, Cllr Gerry Flynn welcomed the upcoming developments. “I warmly welcome this new development and I look forward to the completed properties being allocated to families in need of homes during the latter half of 2020.”

Work is expected to begin on both sites in late April once the commencement notice has been lodged with Building Control.

Fine Gael TD, Pat Breen has revealed to The Clare Echo that a budget of more than €3.85m has been approved for 18 new homes in Newmarket-on-Fergus by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government under the social housing capital construction scheme.

“Clare County Council will be officially notified later this week of the funding for the construction of four one-bed, ten two-bed, two three bed and two two-bed specially adapted homes at Boheraroan, Newmarket on Fergus,” the Junior Minister said. The homes will be built as part of the Local Authority Housing Construction Programme under Rebuilding Ireland.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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