Chapter 4 Housing
Strategic Policy for Housing
Policy H1: It is the policy of the Council to provide appropriately zoned lands to cater for the sustainable growth of Croom and to ensure that all residents can enjoy a safe and accessible environment.
Policy H2: It is the policy of the Council that quality shall underpin all new development by creating and maintaining a sense of place and local distinctiveness in established any new development areas.
Based on the population and household projections in Chapter 3, 14.27 hectares of lands are zoned for residential use and can sustain the anticipated population growth in Croom over the plan period to 2026. Chapter 3, Policy SSP2 of the County Development Plan 2010-2016(as extended) Development of Tier 2 - 6 settlements sets out that it is policy of the Council to support the sustainable development of settlements within Tier 2 - 6.
Furthermore, it seeks to ensure that consideration is given to the capacity of the existing town/village core to absorb development.
4.2 Residnetial density,design and mix
Future residential development is required to be of a good quality design, accommodate a mixture of house types, which will serve all stages of the lifecycle and integrate with the existing development. To assess future proposals for residential development, developers will be required to submit as part of the planning application, detailed design briefs, sustainability statement and social infrastructure assessment (SSSIA) as required by the County Development Plan. As part of public consultation in the town, there was an identified need for a mixture of house types ranging from smaller downsizing units to larger family homes. With this in mind objective H2 has been included to promote a mix of house types to meet all stages of the lifecycle.
Figure12: Existing housing developments in Croom
4.3 Infill Development
The Council will encourage infill development in the Croom area and the adaptation of existing vacant and under-used buildings. Any proposed alterations will require the retention of features of special interest and respect for the structures fabric, form and setting.
4.4 Social Housing:
The Council seeks to provide social housing to meet the needs identified in the Joint Housing Strategy for the administrative area of Limerick City and County Council and Clare County Council. All relevant lands zoned for residential development or a mix of uses, including residential will be subject to the requirements of Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (Amended) in relation to the provision of social housing. The Council will engage in discussions with developers, prior to the formal planning process to negotiate details of the operation of Part V. In this regard the Council will take into account the needs and preferences for housing in this area, but will ensure there is not an over-supply of social housing in any one development area.
4.5 Traveller Accommadation:
Limerick City and County Council has a Traveller Accommodation Programme, which is currently under review and the new programme will run from 2019-2024 which will meet the existing and projected needs of travellers in the City and County. Objective HOU 09 of the Limerick County Development Plan 2010-2016 (as extended) outlines Limerick County Councils’ objectives to provide housing accommodation for the Traveller Community in accordance with the Joint Traveller Accommodation Programme and any subsequent documents.
4.6 Derelict and Vacant Sites
According to the most recent Geodirectory figures, there are currently 15 vacant dwellings within the town centre of the LAP boundary. In 2015 the Urban Regeneration and Housing Act required Local Authorities to provide a register of vacant sites suitable for residential development across its functional area. To date no sites have been included on the vacant sites register in Croom, however, this will be reviewed periodically and sites will be added as necessary. In relation to derelict sites, the general approach is to seek timely actions and improvements of sites, through positive engagement with landowners, using powers under the Derelict Sites Act only where necessary and taking into account:
- Outstanding planning permissions;
- Evidence of efforts to address vacancy and dereliction;
- Security, safety to the public and condition of the site;
- The conservation value of the building and requirement for remedial restoration works and
- The feasibility of various actions to make good the site and find viable uses for the site.
To date two sites in the town have been included on the Derelict sites register and the register will be reviewed and supplemented on an ongoing basis as necessary.
4.8 Housing on Agriculturally Zoned Lands
Part of the Croom area is zoned for Agricultural purposes in the draft plan. In these areas, it is a priority to retain the rural character of the area