Green light for 12 older persons homes at corner of Brady’s Field

By Hayden Moore

THE PLANS to construct a social housing development for older persons, consisting of 12 homes, on the corner of Brady’s Field in Old Bawn has been given the go-ahead after being passed through unopposed at the monthly meeting of South Dublin County Council.

The development, which was voted through on Tuesday night with 33 councillors in favour, none against and no abstentions, consists of eight two-person, one-bedroom houses and four four-person, two-bedroom apartments.

Bradys Field Old Bawn Road Older Persons artist impression compressor

An artist impression of the older persons housing consisting of 12 homes at Brady’s Field in Old Bawn

Having gone to Part 8 public consultation stage, there was a total of 29 submissions received with 18 of those were in relation to traffic and road safety – particularly at the junction of Old Bawn Way and Old Bawn Road, where the development will be.

Residents from Old Bawn filled the public gallery to hear how the county manager would respond to their concerns and if the development would be given the greenlight.

Cllr Teresa Costello of Fianna Fáil said: “There is concerns in relation to the carparking situation on the site and in an area where there are four medical practices adjacent from the site, people are concerned about traffic at the junction.”

 In response, Sinn Fein Cllr Cathal King spoke of how he grew up in the area.

“I grew up less then a minute away from where this proposed development is, my family home is still there,” he said.

“Most people will be in favour of this and there are some concerns with traffic at that junction but with the size of the development, it will have no effect.

“There are a few medical practices in the area but there is really only one that will directly affect this and it’s because of how close to the traffic lights it is.

“I think that it’s a perfect location baring in mind that there is a bus stop right beside it, they can walk to the village in five-minutes, buses will bring them to The Square or hospital in five-minutes.

“Literally at the other end of the football pitch, there is one of the first sets of older persons accommodation, it’s six-units and there have never been any issues with that.”

There were 15 submissions also raised in relation to the loss of greenspace, with the county manager saying how the development is “primarily” on the footprint of an old house and that there is “no intension” to amend the agreement with Tymon Bawn Football Club either – who use the greenspace.

The demolition of an existing single-storey dwelling on the lands was also voted through as part of the development – which will have an access point just off Old Bawn Way.

There were several other issues raised before it was successfully passed through, which can be found along with the responses from the county manager on the SDCC Website

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