‘251 Grange homes would be timebomb’

‘251 Grange homes would be timebomb’
There are fears about traffic from hundreds of new homes causing gridlock in Grange.

251 homes near Grange will become a ‘ticking timebomb’, if built, and create ‘gridlock carnage’, if local infrastructure is not developed to support it.

Earlier this year, An Bord Pleanála gave permission to The Westbrook Housing Company to build 251 units at Cooney’s Lane in Grange.

This would consist of 176 houses and 75 apartments at the 9.9-hectare site, 1.8km south-west of the centre of Douglas, under the Strategic Housing Development scheme, which allowed the developers to bypass the local authority for planning permission.

However, councillor Shane O’ Callaghan (FG) has said the local infrastructure is struggling to cope as it is and the extra cars will cause “carnage. A proposal has been approved by An Bord Pleanala for 176 houses and 75 apartments to include parking spaces for 438 houses. That’s a lot of cars that will be streaming out onto the Grange Road.

“It’s gridlock, at the moment. I don’t know where these extra cars are going to go. The road infrastructure is completely inadequate to be able to deal with the number of houses and these 438 cars,” Mr O’Callaghan added.

Sean Martin (FF) said funding is needed immediately to address the issue. “The road infrastructure is not capable of dealing with what’s out there, at the moment, and I think we need to take a good, long look at this and try and identify funding, because this will be a nightmare in the future,” Mr Martin said.

Councillors were told in September that measures to reduce traffic congestion from the Frankfield Road onto the Kinsale Road roundabout will not be considered by City Hall, because they do not promote sustainable transport.

Mr O’Callaghan asked the council to create a proper second traffic island on Frankfield Hill, down to the junction at the Kinsale Road roundabout, by moving the footpath on the left-hand side over a few metres.

However, City Hall director of roads and transport, Gerry O’Beirne, said the request does not align with National Transport Authority plans for sustainable modes of transport in Cork city.

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