A derelict building which has been described as an “eyesore” by locals is to be demolished and replaced with six modern apartment units, it has been confirmed.

The site, which is located just inside the entrance to Pinewood estate, has been vacant for a number of years and councillors voted unanimously in favour of proceeding with the development at a meeting of Killarney Municipal District this week.

The site will consist of four 1-bed/2-person units and two 2-bed/4-person units ranging from 49 to 66 square metres. Seven regular parking spaces and one disabled space will be provided. Works are to commence in March 2019.

“Having regard to the nature, scale and location of the proposed development, on a derelict site within an established residential development and walking distance to existing services, it is considered that the provision of six residential apartments will meet a portion of the housing requirement need in Killarney town,” Kerry County Council said in their report on the proposed Pinewood apartments.

Cllr John Joe Culloty said it was a “very, very small portion” but it was help in the area we needed it most: 1-2 bed accommodation.

In their report, Kerry County Council conceded that the housing situation in Killarney is now reaching “critical level”. KCC currently has over 536 qualified applicants on its social housing waiting list for one bedroom accommodation. There are an additional 454 applicants on the list waiting for two bedroom housing.

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