hen the application by Drumakilla Ltd was announced last October, the residents were quick to act.
Two online emergency meetings were called, and over 160 objections were quickly filed.
But all to no avail as the 232-house Strategic Housing Development application has now been given the greenlight by An Bord Pleanála.
There are a few conditions, of course – with two of the houses omitted, another realigned – but, given the size of the development, this is, as we’ve said before, largely squeezing a town inside a village.
Especially when you consider the fact that it neighbours Gorteen Way’s 92 houses, Style Bawn House’s 50+, Eastmount’s 74 (and its recently-applied for 99 more) and The Wicklow Arms’s 12.
The Drumakilla SHD artist impression
In summary, the An Bord Pleanála conditions include…
No advertisement or advertisement structure other than those on the plans; proposals for an estate and street name, housing numbering scheme and associated signage shall be submitted to, and agreed in writing with, the planning authority prior to commencement of development; publ lighting shall be provided in accordance with a scheme, which shall include lighting along pedestrian routes through open spaces; all service cables associated with the proposed development such as electrical, telecommunications and communal television shall be located underground; the internal road network serving the proposed development, including turning bays, junctions, parking areas, footpaths and kerbs shall be in accordance with the detailed construction standards of the planning authority for such works and design standards in Design Manual for Urban Roads and Streets; all roads and footpaths shown connecting to adjoining lands shall be constructed up to the boundaries with no ransom strips remaining to provide access to adjoining lands, specifically lands located to the immediate north of the site; a minimum of 10% of all car parking spaces shall be provided with electric vehicle changing stations or points; prior to the opening or occupation of development, a Mobility Management Strategy Plan shall be submitted to and agreed in writing with the planning authority; drainage arrangements including the attenuation and disposal of surface water, shall comply with the requirements of the planning authority for such works and services; convent stream retained as open water source.
The work itself will be allowed on six days of the week, from 7am to 7pm.
Application no. 308467 grant will up on the An Bord Pleanála’s website next week. Details here; Drumazilla brochure here.
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