Thursday 14 December 2017

Surprise at plan for 170 Mallow homes


AN application for a major residential development comprising more than 170 new homes at Annabella in Mallow has been lodged with Mallow Town Council.

The application, in the name of Cannonbridge Ltd, follows on from the refusal last November by the local authority to extend permission for an almost identical application by Cannonbridge at the same site.

That application was originally given the green light in May 2006, at the height of the Celtic Tiger housing boom.

The revised application, lodged with the authority last month, is for the development on a 3.15 hectare site bounded by Annabella Park and Woodview Drive, and linked by an existing access road to Kennell Hill.

It makes provision for 61 semi-detached and terraced three bed houses, 15 semi-detached and terraced two bed two bed houses and 102 duplex apartments contained within three separate three-storey blocks.

The application also includes 256 car-parking spaces, a crèche, a children's play area, retaining structures and other ancillary works.

The submission was discussed at the November meeting of the town council; with Cllr James Kennedy (Lab) saying he could not see the development ever going ahead.

"This is a substantial development and I suppose all developments are welcome. I just can't see it going ahead given the surplus of housing across the country at the moment," said Cllr Kennedy.

Cllr Ronan Sheehan (Lab) asked if any provision had been made for footpaths within the planned development.

"Planning has been granted all over the town with no associated footpaths. I'm thinking of places such as River Valley and College Wood," said Cllr Sheehan.

"I just hope planners take this into account when considering the application," he added.

Cllr Dan Joe Fitzgerald (FF) and Jerry Mullally (Lab) expressed their concerns over the effect extra traffic generated by the development would have on the surrounding road network.

Cllr Fitzgerald said this was particularly important given the fact that the planned northern relief road had been mothballed.

Cllr Mullally asked if the developer would be asked to contribute to the cost of upgrading the busy junction at the bottom of Kennell Hill.

"There is no point in building extra houses if the junction is unable to cater for the extra traffic," he said.

Town engineer Keith Jones said that while he was unable to comment on an application that had yet to be considered by planners, the issues raised would be addressed within the planning process.


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