Council steps in to save plans for social houses in county Waterford town
Plans to build seven sheltered homes for disadvantaged families in a county Waterford town are back on track after a housing authority has come forward interested in running the development.
Developer David Lannen had applied to Waterford City and County Council to build the residential units at the Old Convent at Rossmore, Kilmacthomas in October 2019.
However, the application was held up in November of last year when among other things, the local authority wanted to know if the residential units had a housing authority willing to manage them.
It has now emerged that Waterford City and County Council themselves have agreed in principle to take on a long-term lease of the seven two-bedroom houses in Kilmacthomas, subject to planning permission being secured for the project.
The development involves the construction of seven single storey, two bedroom sheltered housing units adjoining the existing convent running parallel to the Waterford Greenway which runs through the town.
Among other requests from the local authority for further information regarding the development, the developer provided the council with responses regarding the public space provided within the scale of the development, sightlines, ownership of an adjoining road, and access queries.
A decision on the residential housing development is expected sometime in mid-May.
Waterford City and County Council is still accepting submissions from the public.