The new housing development at Boreen Bradach, Kinnegad was officially opened this week by Deputy Michael Finneran, Minister of State for Housing, Urban Renewal, and Developing Areas.
Some 39 social units are being provided by the council at a cost of €9.125 million, fully-funded by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government under the Social Housing Investment Programme. The houses are constructed to a very high standard containing some of the most modern, environmentally friendly features such as high standards of insulation and use of lime render and mortar. All external finishing in the development is to a very high standard.
The units consist of: six two-bed units, three of which have level access showers; one specially adapted house; 29 three-bed units; and three four-bed units
Westmeath County Council is also providing 19 affordable housing units in the same development consisting of two four-bed units, and 17 three-bed units.
The affordable units are being advertised for sale shortly and their price will be subsidised by the council and by the Department under the Site Subsidy Scheme for Affordable Housing.
This development brings the number of houses completed this year by the council to 93 as well as over 30 units under Part V of the Local Government Planning and Development Act. The development is very centrally located in the expanding town of Kinnegad, close to all the facilities that this town can offer new residents.
The contractor for the scheme is LJM Ltd, Dunlavin, Co Wicklow and the architects are Howley Hayes Architects.