New homes for the 55's opened in Greystones

Seven new homes for the over 55’s have been provided at La Touche Place, Greystones, through a partnership arrangement with Wicklow County Council and Túath Housing Association.

The new development named La Touche Court, was officially opened today (Mon) by the Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr John Ryan.   A new public bench was unveiled to mark the occasion.

The delivery of the new homes in the centre of Greystones was a result of a partnership project between Wicklow County Council, Túath Housing Association, the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and NAMA.

La Touche Court was developed specifically for the over 55’s and all the houses were allocated to people from Wicklow County Council’s housing waiting list.  The scheme will be managed by Túath Housing.

Speaking at the opening, Cllr Ryan congratulated everyone involved in the project saying that La Touche Court was a model of what can happen in a community when all agencies work together.  Wishing the new residents well, he said they were reaping the benefits of this interagency approach to social housing delivery.

He added: “In the current climate, the need to share our valuable resources is vital.  Only by working closely together can we ensure that more homes are delivered in Wicklow over the coming years. I am confident that there will be many more successful collaborative efforts between Wicklow County Council and Túath Housing. “

Cllr Ryan said: “As everybody is acutely aware, the need for social housing is at an all-time high both nationally and locally here in Wicklow.  Demand for social housing is continuing to increase with a current housing waiting list of over 3,800 applicants in Co. Wicklow.  With rising rents in the private sector and a severe shortage of units to rent generally, projects like this are needed more than ever.”

Mr Bryan Doyle, Chief Executive, Wicklow County Council, said providing affordable, quality and accessible housing for people was a priority for Wicklow County Council and working with the Approved Housing Bodies such as Túath was a worthwhile collaboration which further enhanced the mechanisms available to the Council to deliver on housing supply.

The result of this collaboration was high quality social housing which was accessible to all community facilities. “This is a model of how things can happen in a community when all the agencies involved work together,” he said adding: “This housing development for older people is a wonderful way of repaying the debt we all owe to the older members of our community. “

Túath Housing emphasised the importance of working in partnership with others in order to provide new homes within areas of significant housing need and noted that without the support of each of these partners, such schemes as La Touche would not be possible.

The association said the need for social housing was at an all-time high throughout the country and Wicklow was no exception. Túath Housing works tirelessly to deliver quality homes as quickly as possible and the provision of these new homes in La Touche, Greystones, followed on from the 32 homes in the Glenbrook Heights development in Newtownmountkennedy in November 2015, now owned and managed by Túath.

Mr Seamus Doherty, Chairman of Túath Housing stated: "Túath is focused on the delivery of affordable homes to our community. This development provides excellent affordable housing specifically designed to cater for the needs of the over 55's. The project evidences the strong partnership between Wicklow County Council, NAMA, Government Departments and ourselves. We look forward to working with our partners in future developments.”

 NAMA played a key role in this development at La Touche Court and provided these homes specifically to fulfil a social housing need in the area working in partnership with Portella Developments to complete these homes to the highest quality of finish. NAMA continues to provide a number of social homes to accommodate those on council housing lists throughout the country.

Ms Kate Joyce from NAMA said: “NAMA is pleased to have been able to deliver over 2,000 social houses and apartments to Local Authorities and Housing Bodies across Ireland to date. To date NAMA has invested over €260m in the delivery of social housing, which includes spending over €100m on remediation works and finishing off properties to a high standard.   This is an excellent example of the high quality homes that NAMA, in collaboration with its partners, has delivered and will continue to deliver. This is a very important initiative for NAMA and we are delighted to be able to work closely with Túath and Wicklow County Council in relation to this scheme”.