A new housing development, Fruithill Manor, located on the Castlecomer Road in Graiguecullen is providing homes for seventy-four families from the Laois/Carlow area.
The scheme, developed by Co-operative Housing Ireland (CHI), the national organisation for co‑operative housing in Ireland, in partnership with Laois and Carlow County Councils and the National Asset Residential Property Services (NARPS), was launched today by the Cathaoirligh of both Laois and Carlow Councils.
Comprising 74 four, three and two bed semi-detached family homes with front and back gardens, homes are arranged around communal green spaces which provide for recreational use for families. The scheme is a distinctive mixed tenure development with fifteen homes provided for the private rental market and the remainder allocated between the two local authorities, Laois and Carlow.
The design of Fruithill Manor, a formerly unfinished housing scheme which was part of NAMA and which had previously become a local eyesore, was reconfigured to provide higher standards in terms of space and layout more suited to family homes and living. The finish provides for an exceptionally high quality residential environment. A property within the scheme has been provided to Carlow Regional Youth Services who now provide wide-ranging supports to local young people.
Fruithill Manor forms part of Leinster Housing Co-operative and all residents of the development, including private rental tenants, will become shareholding members. A local management committee comprising the members has been established and this will give residents a real say in the management of their community and the estate. The Leinster Co-op now provides more than 130 homes in Carlow, Laois and Wexford and a further 130 homes are planned for delivery across the region over the coming three years.
Speaking at the launch, Kieron Brennan CEO, Co-operative Housing Ireland said “The Fruithill scheme shows yet again how the co-operative housing model can provide fast and cost-effective housing solutions working in partnership with local authorities. It demonstrates the culture of co-operative housing whereby families come together to manage their community in a way that benefits all tenants both young and old and to create a positive and enjoyable environment in which to live”.
Fruithill Manor is within easy walking distance of Carlow town centre with its wide range of amenities and local employment opportunities. Carlow town centre is less than 15 minutes’ walk from the development and offers the Institute of Technology Carlow, Visual Carlow arts centre, a cinema, and a wide range of shopping and recreation options.
Funding for the scheme is a result of collaborative support between Laois and Carlow County Councils, the Department for Housing, Planning, Community, and Local Government and NARPS.
Co-operative Housing Ireland is the national organisation for co‑operative housing in Ireland. Established in 1973 it is an approved housing body and works closely with various stakeholders in the housing sector including local councils, government, aspiring home owners, tenants and developers to provide high quality social-rented and home ownership co-operative homes across the country including Carlow, Wexford, Dublin, Cork and Galway.