Five objections lodged against 44-house plan in Whitechurch

Five objections lodged against 44-house plan in Whitechurch

Multiple objections have been lodged to An Bord Pleanála regarding the construction of 44 houses in Whitechurch.

Hallmark Building Services Ltd was granted permission for the development at Farranastig, which had initially been for 24 homes, by Cork County Council earlier this year. Permission was subject to 43 conditions, which included a minimum of two parking spaces per residential unit, and that the developers would pay a contribution of almost €97,000 to the council.

In 2005, Dan Buckley was granted conditional planning permission for 131 houses, a creche and associated site works. There have been a number of applications relating to the site since, including in 2010, when he applied for an extension of duration for the completion of 127 residential units and a creche.

Just six houses were built a decade ago in the Barleyfield Estate.

The new application is for 44 dwellings. would see 28 four-bed houses, 10 three-bed houses, and six two-bed houses built on the lands owned by Mary and Dan Buckley, who had previously held planning permission for the site.

Six third-party appeals have been lodged with An Bord Pleanála by locals in the area, as well as the Barleyfield Residents Committee. However, one was deemed invalid.

In an earlier submission to Cork County Council, one objector states that the residents of the existing houses in Barleyfield “have encountered many issues with respect to the suitability of the existing infrastructure supporting the development and the erection of a further 44 units adjacent to the existing site would result in a serious deterioration of the existing facilities supporting the site”.

An Bord Pleanála is due to rule on the development by June 11.

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