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Council making ‘steady progress’ on housing take-overs

Clare County Council has taken in charge 29 housing developments comprising hundreds of residential and other properties throughout the county since the beginning of 2013.

The council has confirmed it  is making “steady progress” in addressing difficulties at 180 developments around Clare brought about through the collapse of many companies in the building sector.

In 2013, a total of 14 developments were formally taken in charge by the local authority, while an additional 15 developments have been fully taking in charge during 2014.

“Each taking in charge involves a complex process culminating in a public consultation and a resolution of the elected members,” said Gerard Dollard, director of services, Clare County Council.

The council has made a comprehensive submission to the department on the issue and has secured funding under the Special Resolutions Fund for two developments at Aisling on the Shanaway Road, Ennis and Bruachlan Grianán on the Westbury development in South East Clare, according to Mr Dollard.

Meanwhile, Mr. Dollard said the council also intends taking in charge Ard na Deirge, the partially completed development in Killaloe, on which a number of units were purchased before it was abandoned for an eight-year period.

“Following long and complex discussions with receivers, financial institutions, bond holders and a new purchaser, a very satisfactory outcome has been achieved which will ensure that the development will shortly be completed to a very high standard,” Mr Dollard concluded.

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