Third application for permission to build 46 homes in Newcastle

By Maurice Garvey

ADDITIONAL information for plans to develop 46 houses in Newcastle has been submitted to South Dublin County Council.

The site is located in the central area of the village, on the southern side of Main Street.

Newcastle planning pic

The proposal is for the development of 46 three-bed houses in eight blocks.

Block A will be the largest of all the blocks containing ten houses with optional attic rooms.

Applicants Geotechnical Investigations Ltd have submitted additional information to the council on a number of aspects, including block design, tree surveys, landscapes reports, engineer plans, drainage and archaeological impact assessment.

Two previous planning applications for the development of housing on the site were refused permission.

The first in 2008 was for the development of 98 residential units - refused permission due to conditions of the proposal not being in accordance with the Local Area Plan.

An application in 2010 for the development of 77 residential units was initially granted permission by South Dublin County Council, and was then refused permission in 2011 following an appeal to An Bord Pleanála.

In its refusal of permission, ABP said the development would be “contrary to the LAP” and “contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area”.

Geotechnical Investigations lists previous applicant, John Valentine Marren, as one of its directors.

The site is part of a larger holding of 2.12 hectares, in the ownership of the applicant, with frontage on to Main Street.

That part of the ownership between the subject site and Main Street will be subject of a separate planning application for commercial development as proposed in the LAP.

South Dublin County Council have yet to make a decision on the application.

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