Record 208 social homes in Bray expected to make significant difference

Kilruddery Glen, a new 208 social home development was launched yesterday.

The new housing development is expected to make a huge difference in the area, with some praising it as an opportunity for some to see their “housing dreams” realised.

Cllr Stephen Stokes welcomed the additional 208 housing units. He also believes that more infrastructure investment is needed in North Wicklow. Cllr Stokes stated: “For many people their housing dreams will be now realised, so it is a great day. It was nice to see decorations already up for their first Christmas in their new homes. Cooperative Housing deserve great credit. Additionally though we still need to ensure that the relevant infrastructure is in place. We need more school places, public transport and amenities to name but a few.”

Minister Simon Harris said “These 208 new homes are set to make a real difference in Bray and shows how government is making every effort to increase the number of available homes. As a constituency TD these homes are vital for our community. I know from dealing with people from all across the county who are on very long council waiting lists that these homes are desperately needed.”

“These 208 homes are going to really speed up the process of waiting lists for Wicklow County Council. I’m delighted that Bray is benefitting from the largest development by an AHB in Wicklow, equivalent to the annual social housing delivery of a county the size of Wicklow. The new homes include 30 houses that are three and four bed in size, 18 duplex houses and 160 apartments which mainly two bed and 22 one-bed.”

“This is going to have a really positive impact for people in Bray.”

The acquisition of the 208 homes in Bray was made possible using the Capital Advance Leasing Facility (known as CALF), provided by the Department of Housing, as well as private finance that Co-Operative Housing Ireland has sourced.

This development is just one of a number of projects that Co-Operative Housing Ireland is undertaking, in partnership with local authorities around the country, to provide new social homes. 

Wicklow County Council supported Co-Operative Housing Ireland to acquire these 208 homes in Southern Cross.  The estate represents the largest delivery of any CALF supported social housing estate in Wicklow in 2023 and the largest estate in ownership in the history of Co-operative Housing Ireland.

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