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“Badly needed homes” completed in Clare under social housing developments

THE completion of 30 residential units under social housing developments in County Clare alongside 163 additional units currently under construction will provide “badly needed homes for the people of Clare.” That’s according to Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, Councillor Mary Howard who welcomed the developments adding, “It is essential that Clare County Council continues to build homes as part of our plans to address our social housing requirements, and to continue to do this in a planned and strategic way.” The completed units are located in Quilty, Kilmihil, Sixmilebridge and Roslevan. Construction on a new development of 18 units at An Cladach, Quilty West, Quilty, commenced on April 25, 2019, and was handed over to Clare County Council on December 18, 2020. This development was constructed by Martins Construction Ltd and comprises a mix of two, three and four-bedroom single and two-storey semi-detached houses. These residential units were constructed to a high standard and achieved Building Energy Ratings (BERs) of …

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New estate planned for Tulla

THIRTY-SIX new homes could be on the way for Tulla, with an application for a residential development being considered by planners for a site on the outskirts of the village. Rockfort Developments plan to build 14 detached homes as well as 16 semi-detached and six terraced houses off the L4078, with a pedestrian connection to the exiting footpath into town. The site, of just over 1.8 hectares, is located inside the 50kmph speed limit in an area zoned for low-density residential development under the Tulla Settlement Plan. It is currently a greenfield site, bounded to the north by the Cúirt na bhFiach estate, to the east by O’Halloran’s filling station, and to the west by a single private home. To the south, the site is delineated by the public road, with St Joseph’s Secondary School just opposite. A design statement, submitted as part of the application, outlines that eleven of the detached homes would have four bedrooms, while the remaining …

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Concern over ‘digital divide’ for social housing applicants

CLARE County Council has moved to reassure the public that a new on-line system for advertising social housing won’t disadvantage those who are not computer literate. The issue was raised at the monthly meeting of the authority by Councillor PJ Ryan who said constituents had been contacting him to voice concerns over the new Choice Based Letting (CBL) system, which allows people to view newly-available properties and make a bid from them through an on-line platform. “There is a bit of nervousness and a genuine fear out there that if you are not computer literate, you will miss out,” the Independent member explained. “If, for example, someone doesn’t find out for a week or ten days that a property is available, it’s unfair that they might miss out. In other cases, people might not be literate and have to rely on family or friends to make their application. Those people could miss out in this system too.” Councillor Ryan’s motion …

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‘It’s Hard To Look At Buildings Lying Idle When People Need Homes’

IT IS A bright and chilly Friday morning in Tulla and there’s a buzz of activity about the place as locals stock up on the shopping and catch up on the news ahead of the weekend. “Ideally, we’d love to see this level of activity every day of the week,” says Councillor Pat Hayes who is taking The Clare Champion on a short walking tour of following the news that over 40 vacant premises have been identified in the area. While the heart of Tulla is beating strongly, as we make our way down Lower Main Street, the evidence of a report compiled by Clare County Council from Geo Directory statistics becomes more apparent. “We are coming to an area where there would have been busy pubs and shops, as well as a cinema,” Cllr Hayes explains. “But, you know life has changed and times have changed. Still it is hard to be looking at buildings lying idle and empty …

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€161k for average Shannon house

MORE than €6.1 million was spent on residential properties in Shannon within the first six months of the year. Figures from the Irish Property Price Register show that there were 38 sales between January and June within the town, with a total of €6,132,803.29 being spent. This means that the average price paid in Clare’s second-largest town was €161,389.56. The most expensive property was 29 Tullyglass Crescent, for which a sum of €295,000 was paid. This deal was finalised on January 22. Thirteen of the transactions were for more than €200,000 but there was also plenty of more affordable accommodation in the town. Just €59,100 was paid for number 29 Rossbracken but it is understood that in this instance, full market value was not paid. There was a sum of €60,000 paid for number 81 Bru na Sionna, while in all there were six transactions where the property value was less than €100,000. At the moment, there are 44 units …

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Average house price in Clare approaches €200k

THE average price sought for a house in Clare is now approaching €200,000. That’s one of the findings of the latest Daft.ie house price report, which analyses trends in the Irish residential sales market in the second quarter of the year. It found that the average asking price for Clare is €196,817, up 11.5 % on the second quarter of 2018. The average was up 3.1% compared to the first quarter of 2019, and the increase from the trough of the recession is 64.6%. There were 136 transactions involving new homes, a reduction of 13% year on year. The asking price for an average one-bed apartment in Clare was €84,000 during the quarter, while for a two-bedroom terraced house it was €99,000. Three-bedroom semi-detached houses had an average asking price of €132,000, while the average for four-bed bungalows was €270,000. For five-bed detached houses it was €284,000. Writing in the Daft.ie report, economist Ronan Lyons found there is still little …

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Plans for 68 Ennis houses

PLANNING permission is being sought for 68 houses at Roslevan, just off the Tulla Road in Ennis. The application has been made by Datcha Construction, a Ballynacally-based company, which lists John and Anne Kelly as its directors. A document submitted with the application states, “A proposed planning application is tobe made for 68 dwellings to add to the existing Cluain Ros Leamhan estate in Roslevan, Ennis, Clare”. It also adds, “The site is located approximately 3km from the Ennis town centre to the north of Tulla Road (R352). The site is accessed via the Cluain Ros Leahmain Road, which connects to the Tulla Road at the roundabout south of the site. The development is the northern part of the existing Cluain Ros Leamhain housing estate. To the south of this is the Avenue United Football Club and the Grove Bar and Restaurant. To the east of the site is the Sean Dun housing estate. Finally, on the northern and western …

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Economic imbalance ‘driver of deprivation’ in Clare

IN light of the Pobal Deprivation Index findings, Sixmilebridge parish priest, sociologist and rural Ireland campaigner Fr Harry Bohan has highlighted the economic imbalance in Clare, with peripheral regions left out of the development and job creation loop. The index, which was based on the 2016 Census, found that parts of Ennis, Kilrush, Kilkee and Ennistymon were areas of particular deprivation, while areas considered ‘disadvantaged’ included Sixmilebridge and Shannon. Lack of employment is an issue in all of these areas, with Kilrush Independent councillor Ian Lynch claiming that Clare Minister of State Pat Breen has failed to bring any jobs to West Clare, in his role as minister for jobs. “Ennis is to Clare what Dublin is to Ireland. I talked to a man from West Clare last week and he told me that, between three parishes in West Clare, there will be 12 children combined in infant class. The populations of West, East and North Clare have been stripped. …

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