Decision due on huge housing and office development in new area of Kilkenny city
A decision on whether a major new development planned for Kilkenn city will get the go-ahead is due within weeks.
Daly’s Hill Limited’s application to build 266 residential units at Robertshill in Kilkenny Western Environs is the first part of the massive multi-million euro scheme which will open up a whole new area of the city.
Kilkenny County Council will decide on this key part of the scheme next month after the local authority received a comprehensive document from the developer in response to planners’ queries about the project.
Last September, Kilkenny’s Minister of State John Paul Phelan turned the sod on the development to mark the beginning of Phase 1 of the Kilkenny Western Environs Infrastructure Scheme.
This massive infrastructural project will see the construction of up to 3,000 housing units and three new schools along the 2.3km new distributor road from the N76 Callan Road to the Circular Road at Robertshill.
Last November, Daly’s Hill Limited put forward their application looking to build 266 homes on a site off the distributor road.
After examining the application, Kilkenny planners went back to the developers with looking for further information regarding 43 aspects of the application.
The major points of clarification were: parking for the development; a traffic strategy; pedestrian safety; the effect of the construction on city traffic; and the flood impact on the site of the development.
In recent weeks, Kilkenny County Council received a comprehensive 200-page document addressing the 43 points raised by the county planners.
As part of the plans, Daly’s Hill Limited sought to build 266 residential units including 133 houses consisting of 17 four-bed homes, 106 three-bed homes, 10 two-bed houses.
The development would see the construction of 133 apartment and duplex units consisting of 46 one-bed units; 77 two-bed units, and ten three-bed units.
There will be a 126-bed nursing home built, a crèche facility, and two office blocks with a gross floor area of 3,548sqm.
Kilkenny County Council is set to make a decision on the huge development by July 16.