The owner of Lar McCabe Lane proposes rezoning the land
A resolution could be within reach over the construction of 117 houses at Ballinalea in Ashford, which wouldn’t mean access has to be gained through three existing housing estates.
In October of last year, An Bord Pleanála controversially granted Glenveagh permission for the development at Ballinalea, despite Wicklow County Council having strongly recommended a planning refusal.
The elected members had also outlined their opposition to the development, mainly on the basis that access to the development during and after construction would have to go through estates already in existence at Ballinalea, Woodview and Rosanna Close.
Pat O’Connor of Ashford Property Services and Cllr Paul O’Brien both led calls for Lar McCabe Lane to be utilised, so traffic could go out straight onto the Ashford road, rather than travelling through the three busy estates.
Now the owner of the lane has proposed rezoning his land as residential in order to permit the orderly development of the area in an effort to tackle health and safety concerns.
Pat said: “The land owners of the area containing Lar McCabe Lane are now very aware of the serious health and safety issues with the construction traffic through the existing estates. There have been a few near misses resulting in the construction company have to put up warning notices along the route through the estates. A road sweeping truck is continually having to clean the roads
“In order to avoid any serious accidents or worse, the land owner is requesting that his lands are retained for residential zoning in the upcoming review of the County Development Plan. This will allow for the upgrading of Lar McCabe Lane to facilitate the proper development of the land.
“I would be hopeful that Lar McCabe Lane could be used for Phase Two of the Ballinalea development, and they may even reconsider access for the construction of Phase One, which is currently taking place. This would also assist different proposals for 60 social and affordable houses nearby, and the developer behind that scheme will set aside lands for the expansion of the local soccer club, tennis courts and more.
“I am delighted with this new development and is asking all the stakeholders to grasp this opportunity and develop these lands for the benefit of all.”
Cllr Paul O’Brien, the Cathaoirleach of Wicklow Municipal District, raised concerns over the amount of traffic which would end up passing through each estate before An Bord Pleanála granted the development permission.
He too agrees that utilising Lar McCabe Lane would remove many of the health and safety concerns involved.
“I welcome the news and feel it would be in the best interest of the current residents of Ballinalea, Woodview and Rosanna Close, as well as the residents of the new development who will be moving in after construction. It would also be beneficial to the Ashford community as a whole. It would be good to see common sense prevail.”