According to CorkBeo at least 600 homes, a school, a shop, and other services are on the way as the city has taken an ‘all-important’ step towards a new community. The council has announced that lands on the Old Whitechurch and Old Mallow Road are set for a big residential development that would effectively create a new suburb of the city. The homes on the 54 acre site will be a mix of social and affordable and they’re calling on candidates to register an interest in taking on the development. Cork City Council say they’re interested in “identifying and exploring innovative housing solutions and opportunities currently not known”. Cork City Council Assistant Chief Executive, Brian Geaney said, “We are delighted to be launching the call for participants in a project where we expect to deliver at least 600 new homes and facilities such as a school, neighbourhood shop and services. “This is exciting because, as a City Council, we are now able to facilitate the delivery of large numbers of affordable homes as well as traditional social housing and we will be able to look at a mix of home types from apartments to houses and tenure type.” The Council’s Invitation for Expressions of Interest was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) and advertised on E-tenders last week. They’re also looking to hear from landowners, developers, and builders who could be part of a public procurement competition to deliver “all types of social and affordable homes across Cork city,” They said, “The Council is interested in identifying and exploring innovative housing solutions and opportunities currently not known to the Council and entering a Competitive Dialogue process with selected candidates to deliver solutions that satisfy the Council’s requirements. “Cork City Council has delivered multiple award-winning housing solutions and provided much needed homes in the past four years using this process and it is expanding this ‘trawl’ to include affordable homes.” The Council Invitation for Expressions of Interest to Participate in the Cork City Council Housing Programme 2021-2023 can be found on E-tenders and the closing date for submission is the 7th April 2021.