Wednesday 18 September 2019

Cllr Doyle wants special meeting to discuss housing

Cllr Maria Doyle has called for a special meeting of the Municipal District of Dundalk to consider the application for 483 new homes at Blackrock which has been lodged with An Bord Pleanala for fast tracking under the legislation for strategic housing development.

The application by Kingsbridge Consultancy Ltd includes a mix of houses, apartments and duplexes, underground car parking, a childcare facility, landscaped areas, and a network of roads and footpaths, on a site close to Blackrock Golf Club and with two pedestrian and cycle accesses onto Bothar Maol.

Council official Alan Sherry informed councillors at last week's meeting that the application had just been lodged with An Bord Pleanala and had yet to be validated although that would probably happen within the next week.

Councillors had the option to make submissions in their own right or as part of the local authority. They could to raise any issue which they would like to be included as part of the Council's submission.

Cllr Doyle noted that this was the largest development which had been submitted under the strategic development policy so far.

She recalled that what they had done last time when a submission had been made to An Bord Pleanala had worked well. Once the application had been validated by An Bord Pleanala, the members had got the Chief Executive's report and then held a special meeting. This had given them access to the Chief Executive's report as well as submissions by members of the public and other groups.

It had proved very helpful and she suggested that perhaps this was something which they could consider doing in relation to the current application.

She asked that members be kept informed of the process of the application.

A separate application by Sprucefield Park Ltd for a mixed use development of 114 apartments, retail units, medical centre and office, at Connolly's Field at the junction of Hill Street and Long Avenue has also been lodged with An Bord Pleanala.

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