Tuesday 12 December 2017

Social housing units on the way to Wexford

By Esther Hayden

Anthony Bailey.
Anthony Bailey.

WexFord County Council is looking for expressions of interest from developers and building contractors to build social housing in the county.

Last month housing officer Anthony Bailey said the council is currently 'seeking expressions of interest from private developers. building contractors and approved housing bodies interest in delivering social housing units within the county and have serviced lands, housing proposals with planning permission or turn key developments available.

He said that 'the current housing demand is prioritised within the towns of Wexford and Gorey, followed by Enniscorthy and New Ross but all proposals will be considered, particularly those proposals which address current housing demand in our towns and villages'.

Mr Bailey said he hoped there would be a quick turnaround on projects.

Cllr Frank Staples wondered how the expressions of interest would be vetted and Mr Bailey said all submissions would be looked at in terms of 'demand, economies to scale and time line'.

Cllr Deirdre Wadding wondered if there was a minimum requirement in developments for social housing to which Mr Bailey said it was 10 per cent.

'That's pathetic', said Cllr Wadding to which Mr Bailey said it was a national guideline.

Wexford People

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