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Planning Permission Granted To Emma Stanwix Almshouses

Plans to redevelop the Stanwix Homes, latter situated at Upper Kickham Street Thurles, have moved a step closer this week, following the granting of conditional planning permission for this worthwhile project, by Tipperary Co. Council. Planning permission, subject to 21 conditions, has now been granted by the Tipperary authority.

Extremely rare in Ireland, this terrace of two-bay single and two-storey former almshouses, were initially built almost 130 years ago, in 1889, at a cost then of around £2,500, and same has provided sheltered accommodation, initially for widowed ladies over 60years old, over that period, to current date.

The Thurles Lions Trust Housing Association, are now planning to broaden the services once provided at this venue, with the grant aiding of €3.15 million, same already approved for this project earlier this year.

The intended development will now consist of 15 housing units and one community facility. A ‘listed’ 19th century building; the Stanwix Homes will be transformed into nine one bedroom units, with nine new single storey extensions to be erected to the rear of each existing unit, while the two storey former directors house will be converted into a community facility.

Five one bedroomed single storey terraced social housing units and a five bedroomed bungalow will also be constructed on the site, together with communal and public access associated landscaping.

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