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Castle Guard Ardee allocations to begin in June

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The first phase of homes built at Castleguard, Ardee. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.
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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

Social housing allocations for the new Castle Guard housing estate in Ardee will be done in phases – with the first 20 or so homes to be allocated in June, it has been revealed.

Work on the new development in Ardee is advancing well and Louth County Council have revealed that they will begin the process of allocating the homes to those on the housing list next month – via the new Choice Based Letting online portal.

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Speaking at Thursday’s Ardee Municipal District monthly meeting, Louth CoCo Director of Services Joe McGuinness confirmed that all 107 units being built were being made available for social housing.

“Construction has been quite rapid,” he said. “We have a considerable number of allocations that are going to be made in the next two months. It is all social housing and all applicants will come off Choice Based Letting.

“Allocations at Castle Guard will be done in phases with the first allocations taking place in June,” he continued.

Built as part of the Rebuilding Ireland action plan for delivering new homes across Ireland, the new development will go some way to providing a large chunk of those on the housing list in the Mid-Louth area with homes over the next year.

Launching later this month, the new Choice Based Letting websiteset to be launched by Louth County Council will allow those on the social housing list to browse and express an interest in any available property across the county.

In a change to the current system where Choice Based Letting properties are advertised in local press, all properties will now be available to view weekly on a new website – cbl.louthcoco.ie. Letters are currently being sent out to those on the list with login pins and details on how to use the system.

“The CBL letting system will really be the only show in town from May 16th,” McGuinness said. The Castle Court development in Castlebellingham is at a similar stage in it’s development to Castle Guard in Ardee – with allocation to come soon.

“There is more housing construction activity in Mid-Louth than the any of the three Municipals this year so there’ll be a significant inroad in the demand this year,” the Director of Services concluded.

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