30 modular homes are to be built at Farnham Road in Cavan town to accommodate Ukrainian refugees. The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth confirmed to Northern Sound that it was envisaged initially that 60 homes would be constructed but after further analysis it was realised that 30 would be more suitable to the town's size.
A spokesperson said all units will have roads, footpaths, street lighting and community facilities - including a play area and green spaces fully in line with Local Authority planning guidance. The Department says the move is in response to the Government's effort to provide temporary accommodation to those fleeing the war.
To date, 40,190 Ukrainian refugees have been housed in Ireland. "The objective is to commence the installation of modular units on some sites in October 2022 with up to 200 units installed and occupied by 800 occupants people by the end of the year. The balance of 300 units is to be installed and occupied during January/February 2023 providing accommodation for up to a further 1,200 occupants," the spokesperson continued.
"The units will be located at several sites across Ireland, of which 30 will be at Farnham Road, Cavan. Due to the size of the site in Cavan, it was initially envisioned that 60 units could be accommodated, however upon further technical assessment of the site constraints, is was deemed suitable for 30 units. All modular sites will have roads, footpaths, street lighting and community facilities, including a play area and green spaces fully in line with Local Authority planning guidance.
"The modular homes will be highly energy efficient, durable units with a 60 year lifespan and the development of the sites will be conducted in an environmentally sustainable way to ensure that, post development, the site will enhance the local area."