Pandemic puts brake on new 48-home estate in Kilkenny town
Plans to build 48 new homes in a Kilkenny village have hit a further snag because of the pandemic.
Developer John Staunton lodged an application with Kilkenny County Council in July seeking permission to build the housing development at Moate Road in Ballyragget.
Late in October, the local authority returned to Mr Staunton requesting more details about certain aspects of the plans.
The developer has now sought an extension to the time period to provide the information due to issues arising from ongoing work challenges experienced by the design team as a result of Covid restrictions.
The local authority agreed to the request. It granted the developer and design team a further three months to provide information regarding a number of points of clarification.
John Staunton is hoping to create a development consisting of 14 four-bed homes, 30 three-bed homes, three two-bed bungalows, and one two-bed mid-terrace house.
A decision on the development has now been put on hold while the council awaits further detail.
Ballyragget Resident says:
It could also be something to do with the fact that residents of the town are not happy to have a large un necessary mostly social housing development planned to be of over 120 units rune the screen scape of their town and also endanger the habitats of several endangered species located i. The adjacent European Special Area of Conservation and Natura 2000 Special Protection Area, and a site that is also on the proposed European Protected Habitats directive.
This in turn with the fact that the site is mostly not outlined for development in the county plan but another more suitable site has been.
Also it has been scarcely mentioned that the developers plan also wants to remove all the trees at the entrance to the town and remove several car parking spaces from the newly commissioned town improvement scheme to acquire sight-lines to exit onto the N77 in an area notorious busy road that is well known for speeding cars and trucks