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The site has difficult topography that isn’t suitable for standard two-storey homes

The site has difficult topography that isn’t suitable for standard two-storey homes

The site has difficult topography that isn’t suitable for standard two-storey homes

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A feasibility study has been carried out on a site at Hillview in Wicklow town with a view to constructing a 22-unit development.

The approved housing body Tuath Housing are behind the development and the elected members of Wicklow Municipal District were treated to a presentation on plans at last Monday's monthly meeting.

The site is L shaped, with most of the back of the site facing north west. The feasibility study deemed the site suitable for 22 units, including six apartments and the remainder duplex units.

The site's difficult topography means it isn't considered suitable for the standard two-storey housing.

Wicklow County Council will allocate the dwellings to residents from their housing list.

Cllr Paul O'Brien said: 'The design looks fantastic. I appreciate there are huge housing issues and needs but I am just conscious that there have been ongoing anti-social behaviour issues that haven't been dealt with, and now we are planning to put in more houses.'

He was informed that Tuath Housing would put in place a stringent management system to manage the residents.

Cllr Shay Cullen said there were major problems at Glenbrook in Newtownmountkennedy, yet he found it impossible to get through to anyone from the voluntary housing body involved.

He said: 'Nobody is dealing with the problem in Newtown and it is out of control. People are living in fear. There is violence, drug dealing and we can't get anyone from the housing body to speak to us. I'm not exaggerating when I say things are out of control at the moment.'

Cllr Irene Winters felt the issues in Glenbrook raised concerns about housing bodies.

'The housing bodies are taking people off the housing list, which is great. But it does create an extra layer of administration that you have to wade through. Maybe, it's not the way to go and we would be better off to going back to doing it ourselves,' she said.

Cllr John Snell, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow Municipal District, welcomed the plans, while acknowledging that things were still at a very early stage.

'It's one of the most difficult sites in Wicklow. The topography seriously limits what you can do on it. I feel this development is a must for the county town. It also gives people with three or four bedrooms, who have raised their kids, the chance to downsize. It's early days and there are plenty of more steps to go through but I welcome this development.'


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