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Concern over Drummond Close Development site in Carrickmacross

May 23, 2022 18:05 By News Northern Sound
Concern over Drummond Close Development site in Carrickmacross Concern over Drummond Close Development site in Carrickmacross
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Councillor Colm Carthy told those at this morning's MD meeting that this "was not" what the project was set up to do.

The current state of the Drummond Close Development at Riverside Road, Carrickmacross, came under fire during a Municipal District meeting which took place earlier today.

Councillors across the Carrickmacross and Castleblaney areas voiced their concerns over the in-complete site, which they say "is not what we signed up for."

A meeting was organised between the vendor, East Coast Estates Limited, and Tuath Housing as requested by local councillors after the last MD meeting.

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During that meeting, East Coast Estates Limited, advised that the developer "simply could not honour the contract in place" and proposed a plan that would see some of the remaining houses being "sold to owner occupiers."

Councillor Colm Carthy told those at this morning's MD meeting that this "was not" what the project was set up to do.

In a response, Tuath Housing stated that any potential agreement would be "conditional" on the developer having fully completed the entire project, including common areas before any further homes could be sold.

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While Cllr Carthy "welcomed" the progress, he warned that there is already a "lack" of housing to purchase in Carrickmacross.

Cllr Noel Keelan also welcomed the response from Tuath Housing, but said he had some concern in relation to the amount of units which will be sold in the private sector.

He added that current rent prices were "astronomical" and called for more social housing to be placed across Carrickmacross.

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Cathaoirleach PJ O'Hanlon also stated the need for more social housing as opposed to building homes and putting them on the private market to be sold, stating that this was "not what we agreed to or wanted."

He said that each month, councillors talk "passionately" about social housing.

Cllr O'Hanlon added, "we know that people want to be taken off the housing list, yet a number of these units will now be placed in the private market at a time when there is urgent need to make housing available to people."

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