Cautious welcome for 450 homes in Douglas

Cautious welcome for 450 homes in Douglas
Proposed development at Maryborough Ridge. Pic: Deady Gahan Architects

THE newly approved housing development which will bring almost 450 homes to the city suburb has been welcomed, although a number of representatives have raised concerns regarding the impact on traffic and the need for better infrastructure to cope with increased demand.

An Bord Pleanála has granted conditional permission to Glenveagh Homes Limited to develop almost 450 homes.

The site is part of a larger residential development at Maryborough Ridge, which has developed sequentially over a number of years.

The strategic housing development will include 449 residential units composed of 315 two-, three- and four-bed houses, as well as 46 duplex apartments and 88 apartments, between three and five storeys in height.

Forty-five units will be provided as part of Part V, 37 in the subject application, and eight as part of another permitted development. The development will also include a creche and associated site works.

Fine Gael Councillor Deirdre Forde said she was very pleased with the proposal, which she said took onboard a lot of her own submission during the consultation process.

“A lot of what I submitted is in this planning application, play areas, the correct species of trees that are compatible with estate living, connection to public transport, appropriate housing, two beds, etc. They are all included.” 

Despite this, Mrs Forde said she has some misgivings.

“One is that there are only five objections to An Bord Pleanála (ABP) and I think that was because of Covid, to be fair to ABP, they did extend the timeline for objections from April to the end of June, which left plenty of time.” Mrs Forde also said that there would be just two access points to the estate of almost 450 homes.

Proposed site at Maryborough Ridge, Moneygurney, Douglas. Pic: Glenveagh Properties
Proposed site at Maryborough Ridge, Moneygurney, Douglas. Pic: Glenveagh Properties

“There are going to be a lot of houses. There will be pressure on the infrastructure.” 

The Douglas councillor also said that it was important to seek clarity on when the houses would be built.

“The second thing I would say is Glenveagh has quite a lot of planning applications in and we all know planning applications last for five years, so at what stage of the five years will this be completed?

“We need houses now, we don’t need houses in five or six years, I’m not sure when they plan on commencing work.” 

Fellow Fine Gael Councillor in Douglas Shane O’Callaghan said it was great to see houses being built with an ongoing housing crisis but said that he would be concerned with level of transport infrastructure in the area.

“The one thing that I would be concerned about would be the provision of transport infrastructure, that the infrastructure is in place to cater for the amount of traffic that automatically arises as a result of a major housing development.

“As long as steps are taken and all efforts are made to ensure that the necessary infrastructure is in place with it, then, of course, it is to be welcomed.

“Every effort should be made to ensure that it doesn’t have too much of a negative impact on the traffic in the surrounding area.” 

Labour Local Area Representative Peter Horgan echoed these sentiments and said he hoped the homes would be affordable and public transport was easily accessible.

“We need housing plain and simple but it’s vital that new housing schemes take into account communities and create communities not just endless estates.

“I hope these houses will be affordable for families and young people and we will need to see more pedestrian crossings installed to allow permeability in this area of Maryborough Hill.

“It’s important that bus shelters are to be installed and credit to all public reps who fought for this and there is a comprehensive 24-hour bus service for when full public transport capacity returns.”

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