MORE HOUSES PLANNED FOR BALLYHOOLY
Residents of Ballyhooly have this week expressed amazement that Cork County Council has granted planning permission for more houses to be built in the North Cork village, writes Brian Moore.
Ballyhooly recently had its empty houses highlighted on a television programme dealing with the many ‘ghost estates’ around the country, and people living in the area are baffled at the decision.
One resident in Ballyhooly, who did not want to be identified, told The Avondhu, “I live on an estate of houses with only four other families, and all around us are empty houses and unfinished footpaths and roads. And, we have no lights.
"The builder told us that he would be able to finish the estate as soon as he sold the houses but no one has even looked at these houses over the past two years. Now another builder wants to build more? This is madness.”
Cllr Pa O’Driscoll is also very annoyed with Cork County Council’s decision to grant planning permission.
“This makes no sense. Have we learned nothing from the past ten years. There are already ghost estates in Ballyhooly and now the council wants to add another one? Who is going to buy these houses? I just don’t understand this decision at all.
"Ballyhooly has seen enough development, the road infrastructure has not kept pace with the development of housing etc and the current developers has not been meeting the needs of the current residents in the estates that have already been built,” Cllr O’Driscoll said.
Cork County Council confirmed that planning permission has been granted for another 18 houses to be constructed in Ballyhooly but said they could not discuss the planning application any further.
Thursday 16th September 7:01pm