Ballinlough residents express concern about planned apartment development

Ballinlough residents express concern about planned apartment development
Glenanaar Bar, Ballinlough. Picture: Google Street View.

BALLINLOUGH residents have hit out against plans for a 26 dwelling apartment complex with no parking spaces on the Boreenmanna Road.

Approximately 85 people attended a public meeting to discuss the project, located at the old Glenanaar pub.

The application, made by Denis McBarron early last month, seeks permission for the demolition of the existing pub on the site in order to construct 26 apartments.

The plan includes seven studio apartments, 10 one bedroom apartments, and nine two bedroom apartments, in one three-storey and one four-storey block, with a communal garden.

The plan does not include any parking spaces for residents, and, under City Council bye-laws, tenants would not be entitled to residential parking permits.

Residents of the surrounding areas have expressed concern about the plan, particularly on the impact on traffic.

John Keohane, a spokesperson for residents, said that people do not oppose new housing in the area, but believe that “this is an oversized development for what is a residential area.”

Mr Keohane said that there are already parking problems in the area, especially around match times at nearby Páirc Uí Rinn and Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

He said that it would also distract from the heritage features of the area, which is populated by houses more than a century old.

He said that there have been a number of other developments in the area built in recent years that blended in better with existing buildings and provided parking for residents.

Fianna Fáil councillor Terry Shannon called it an “overdevelopment” of the site, “It’s completely out of kilter with what is in the area,” he said.

The public has until March 11 to make submissions to City Hall.

He said that parking would be an issue as some residents in the proposed building would obviously have cars.

“Are they just going to sell them to cyclists?” he said.

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