Wicklow County Council voted on Monday (April 4th) to approve planning for the conversion of the former Arklow Library on St Mary’s Road into seven social housing units. The development will consist of three one-bedroomed and four two bedroomed units.
The Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Pat Fitzgerald, said: “I welcome the decision of the members of Wicklow County Council to approve planning for the conversion of the old library in Arklow into seven apartments for people on our housing list. This is a win-win situation for Arklow as it sees a beautiful period building restored, giving it new life and a home for seven lucky housing applicants.”
The Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, Mr Bryan Doyle, said that the project originated in 2016 when the Minister for Housing, Planning Community and Local Government asked all Chief Executives to try to identify local authority property which could be converted into social housing.
“I want to pay tribute to our Housing Team who have worked so hard to design such wonderful units in this beautiful period building. Urban renewal and restoring vacant units to productive use is a key policy of the Council’s Development Plan and future tenants will benefit from an excellent town centre location”, he stated.
Director of Housing, Mr Joe Lane, said that the project now moves to pre-tender stage. “My team has worked hard to deliver this scheme to date. We will work equally hard to ensure that the requisite approvals are promptly secured and aim to have the scheme delivered and occupied in 2018,” he said.