Oaklee disability housing edges towards work start
Stage three approval has been granted for the long-awaited development of seven new housing units at Oaklee in Ardee, Louth County Council have confirmed.
The new builds will include two houses that will house up to six people with intellectual disabilities, service users of St John of Gods Drumcar. The local authority had said in April of last year that the Part 8 process for seven new housing units at the Oaklee devlopment on Tierney Street in Ardee has concluded – leading to hopes that the houses may be completed by the end of 2017.
However, long delays in attaining stage three approval mean work has not got underway as of yet. Speaking at this week’s Ardee Municipal District meeting, Director of Services Joe McGuinness said he was hopeful the build can begin in 2018.
“There’s a fair chance that will start this year,” he said. It has now been approved at stage three, pre-tender design, of the four stage approval process. Now, one final assessment on cost and procurement prior to award of tender will take place.
The site is part of a small development of previously built affordable sites and dwellings built by Oaklee for Louth County Council.
The seven new homes being built on Tierney Street are part of the Capital Assistance Scheme which provides Approved Housing Bodies with funding to build or acquire units for disabled or homeless housing list applicants.