Granny flat scheme for rural Limerick is a ‘no-brainer’

first_imgNewsHousingPoliticsGranny flat scheme for rural Limerick is a ‘no-brainer’By Alan Jacques – January 31, 2019 1992 Print Advertisement TAGSHousingLimerick City and CountyNewspolitics Limerick city house prices rise 4.9% as time to sell falls WhatsApp Facebook Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick on Covid watch list center_img Email Mortgage payment break for local authority home loan borrowers will be extended by a further three months Limerick county house prices to rise 5% in 2021 Twitter Previous articleAfter Dark at The High Kings at University Concert HallNext articleThe Abbey Fishermen Alan Jacques Linkedin Liam Galvin, Fine Gael. Photo: Cian ReinhardtGRANNY flats could be one solution to help to solve the housing crisis.That’s according to former Mayor Liam Galvin, who has called on the Department of Housing to consider a grant aid scheme for granny flat extensions for persons on the housing list where agreement is reached with the house’s owner and applicant.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Speaking at last Monday’s council meeting, the Fine Gael councillor said that such a programme would be perfect for young couples struggling to find a home in their local communities. He also took the view that it would be an ideal scheme that could benefit small building contractors.“It is increasingly difficult in rural areas where the housing crisis is different from the city. Many young couples want to stay in their communities, in their towns and villages, near their families and friends. The houses are not available. Sewerage schemes don’t have the capacity, schools are seeing their class sizes reduce, and GAA clubs are struggling to field underage sides,” Cllr Galvin told council members.“We want to keep people in their communities and granny flats would be a no-brainer. This would be an idea scheme. We should make the necessary steps.”Fine Gael councillor Stephen Keary supported his party colleague and agreed that the scheme would be a “no-brainer”.Sinn Féin councillor Séighin Ó Ceallaigh also felt the grant aid scheme for granny flat extensions could be of benefit.“Getting a mortgage seems like a fantasy to people of my generation,” he said.The Housing Development Department at Limerick City and County Council noted the proposal.“There is no scheme of this nature at present. However, it is open for private owners to make a proposal to the Council to construct an additional unit on their lands and sell or lease the additional unit to the local authority,” Director of Service for Housing Development, Aoife Duke explained.In this case, the units would be allocated in accordance with the scheme of letting priorities.“Any submission of this nature would be assessed on a case by case basis. Any proposal to add an additional unit/granny flat within an existing plot would be subject to the normal planning criteria,” she concluded. TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type!last_img read more

Lambert to hold Cleverley talks

first_imgAston Villa boss Paul Lambert has revealed he will hold talks with Tom Cleverley about his future. The Scot is also looking to keep skipper Ron Vlaar and midfielder Fabian Delph, who are both out of contract at the end of the season, next month. He does not expect to lose them and does not have a strict transfer budget for January and will work on a player-by-player basis with chairman Randy Lerner and chief executive Tom Fox. “That’s exactly the way it works, I don’t have a problem,” he said. “We have had one or two chats on the phone with Tom and Randy, if something comes up and Randy thinks it is feasible and affordable and right for the club then I am pretty sure he will have a look at it. “But we have to get into that position where we need a position filled.” Press Association Villa have an option to buy the Manchester United loanee in January but Cleverley’s contract at Old Trafford expires in June. Everton wanted to sign the England international in the summer but failed to agree a deal with United, allowing Villa to resurrect a deadline day move which looked to be over. The club have no deal in place for the midfielder in the summer and Lambert is planning to sit down with the 25-year-old. “I have the option to buy in January but I have got him for a season long loan anyway. I would definitely try but a lot will depend on finances,” said Lambert, who has Cleverley available for the Boxing Day trip to Swansea after suspension. “I will have a discussion with Tom and sit with him and see what he thinks. He is still a Manchester United player. “But the great thing about Tom Cleverley is he has been brilliant here. His enthusiasm for the game and the way he plays the game is great. “The way he is around the place is great. I am pretty sure he loves his football here. “He has been a credit to himself and Manchester United with the way he has conducted himself. “I think he has played really, really well, he has years ahead of him to play. “I am pretty sure he will not want to keep sitting around, knowing Tom Cleverley as I do in a short space of time he won’t want to sit on the bench.” last_img read more