Monday 14 October 2019

New development could deliver 300 homes in Gorey if approved

An artist’s impression of the proposed development
An artist’s impression of the proposed development
The former Walsh Mushroom site on Fort Road

Esther Hayden

A major housing development of almost 300 houses could be on the cards for Gorey if An Bord Pleanála give it the green light.

AMIL Properties Ltd have applied to An Bord Pleanála for a 10 year planning permission for a strategic housing development at the former Walsh Mushroom site and adjoining lands at Fort Road in Gorey.

The overall site will be almost 11.5 hectares.

The proposed development would see the former mushroom factory knocked down to make way for 297 dwellings comprising 26 two-bedroom terraced houses, 125 three-bedroom houses; 77 four-bedroom houses; four five-bedroom houses, 36 two-bedroom apartments and 29 three-bedroom apartments and a crèche.

The breakdown of the 297 dwellings is 232 houses and 65 apartments.

The 232 houses will be made up of 26 two-bed two-storey terraced houses; 10 three-bed three-storey terraced houses; 22 three-bed two-storey terraced houses, 93 three-bed semi-detached two-storey homes; 24 four-bed semi-detached 2.5-storey homes; 31 four-bed two-storey detached homes; 22 four-bed 2.5-storey detached homes and four five-bed 2.5-storey houses.

The 65 apartments will comprise 36 two-bed apartments and 29 three-bed apartments in a series of 27 apartments buildings. Each of the apartments will have a patio or balcony.

The development will also include 608 car parking spaces including nine spaces for crèche drop off and 121 bicycles spaces.

There will also be solar panels on the roofs of the houses and apartments.

The proposed development will also include 1.41 hectares of open space including playground areas as well as ancillary landscape works with public lighting, planting and boundary treatments and the provision of communal open spaces for apartments.

Cycle paths will also be provided. The proposed main vehicular entrance to the development will be from Fort Road

Cllr Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin said that while the town is in need of housing it is important to ensure that new development comes with adequate facilities, services and amenities to cope with demand.

'Gorey is now the fastest growing town in Ireland. I've attended a number of meetings recently concerning the massive competition for secondary school places in the town. Many parents are very worried about their children getting a school place and are concerned that the town simply doesn't yet have the necessary infrastructure to cope with this rapid expansion.

'Of course we desperately need more housing especially affordable ones and social units and this can bring benefits to the town. However, we saw what happened in Riverchapel where permission was given for lots of houses but no services and infrastructure to cater for the people living in them.

'That's not a sensible recipe. Large developments shouldn't be permitted unless playgrounds, crèches, community centres and a proper traffic management plan are factored in.'

Gorey Guardian