82 new homes officially opened in county Wicklow today

Three housing estates in Wicklow Town, Newtownnountkennedy and Kilmacanogue were officially opened today.

They were opened by Cllr Shay Cullen, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, in the presence of Daragh O’Brien TD, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, and Simon Harris TD, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.

Hawkstown Park Wicklow consists of eight one-bed, 16 two-bed and 16 three-bed homes, all of which were allocated in the recent weeks.

Mountain View Newtownmountkennedy consists of six one bed and 16 two bed homes and will be allocated in the coming weeks.

Jameson Heights Kilmacanogue has 20 homes and the residents moved in during the COVID pandemic.

The provision of these homes is among many schemes being developed in Co Wicklow under the Council’s Building and Supply Programme.

All the houses are highly energy efficient, achieving a BER of A3 for the majority of homes using high efficiency air to water heat pumps, resulting in low cost in use.

Performing the official opening, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council Cllr Shay Cullen, said: “I recognise the serious challenge we face in terms of housing and a critical focus and priority has been firmly placed on responding to this challenge by Wicklow County Council through the development and implementation of the Social Housing supply programme.”

In the last two years due to COVID there were no official openings but works continued throughout the pandemic and while official openings did not take place houses were allocated in numerous parts of the County including Arklow Greystones and Bray to mention but a few to families in need.

Mr Brian Gleeson, Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, stated: “Over the course of the next two years, the Council’s programme is expected to deliver newly constructed homes for more than 400 households on the Council’s social housing list. The Council currently has five projects at various stages of construction and tendering, which will yield a further 99 homes before the end of 2023.

“A further eight schemes are under active consideration with a potential yield for a further 388 units. We are also engaged with Approved Housing Bodies under the CALF and CAS schemes and with private developers who are delivering additional units under Part V.”

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