Local councillors have expressed their disappointment after plans for up to 20 new social houses in Ramelton have been halted.
In 2018, Donegal County Council had planned to buy 20 unfinished houses at Radharc an Chuain after it came into NAMA ownership. A €2.4million investment was secured for the scheme and the council planned to finish the estate to the highest standard for families and other people in need in the area.
It has emerged this week that legal conveyancing issues have blocked the purchase. The number of houses offered for sale by NAMA was also reduced to 18.
Cllr Liam Blaney has said the setback was very disappointing for people waiting on housing in the town.
“It is impossible to get housing in these seaside towns because they are sold out as holiday homes,” Cllr Blaney commented.
Cllr Ian McGarvey added that the situation was “regrettable” for the council as it faces challenges to provide housing.
The council has said it is working to deliver other social housing in Ramelton and considering various mechanisms including land acquisition, leasing and house acquisitions.