1,782 people projected to be moving into the new 26-hectare location
The whole face of the Rathmullen Road and Sheephouse area is set to change after a 10-year planning application was submitted to An Bord Pleanala under a Strategic Housing Development proposal for 661 new homes.
Under the plans, it is envisaged that the development will see an extra 1,782 people moving into the area.
Trailford Ltd are proposing 509 double storey semi-detached and terraced houses comprising 158 2-bed houses, 269 3-bed houses and 82 4-bed houses; and 152 apartments, which vary from 3 to 5 storeys in height. They will comprise 13 no. 1-bed apartments and 139 2-bed apartments.
A total of 1,366 car parking spaces are also envisaged.
The plan will see the demolition of existing farm buildings/structures and the building of the homes along with a neighbourhood centre adjacent to the site's eastern boundary, consisting of a childcare facility, café and retail unit.
To assist traffic issues, there will be a 4-arm signalised junction and works to Rathmullan Road, including the widening of the existing carriageway to 6 metres and the provision of a 2 metre wide footpath linking the proposed development to the River Boyne Boardwalk.
The planners say the development, which stretches to 26.2 hectares, will feature 9.1 hectares of public open space and the houses will be built in five phases over the 10 years of the permission.
The site comprises 2 large fields and one grazing field, with associated farm buildings used for cattle. It will feature 12 Neighbourhood areas, including Boyne Valley Park, Rath Gardens, Mary McAlesse Park; West Wood; Rathmullan Avenue; Rathmullan Mews, Rathmullan Centre; Rathmullan Green; South Avenue; Sheephouse Woods; Sheephouse Avenue;
and Sheephouse Court.
In relation to the issue of schools capacity, they say a number of school improvements have taken place, quoting St Joseph's Secondary School, Newfoundwell Road, which has completed a substantial building programme which doubled their floor space; St Mary's Parish Primary School, Bryanstown, which first opened its doors in September 2012 and
St. Joseph's National School, Mell, which moved into a newer building in 2011.
They say a new school in the area is not needed, adding 'the capacity of these facilities and the future development of further purpose built educational facilities, the provision of a school on the subject site is not necessary.'
Details of the plan can be viewed at www.oldbridgedevelopment.com.