Mallow wel­come for 149 houses

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Sean O’Riordan

Coun­cil­lors have broadly wel­comed a ma­jor hous­ing de­vel­op­ment pro­posed for Mallow.

While the ap­pli­ca­tion will be de­ter­mined by Bord Pleanála — un­der the terms of Strate­gic Hous­ing De­vel­op­ment plan­ning — coun­cil­lors will have an in­put into the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process.

Kan­turk/Mallow mu­nic­i­pal district coun­cil was briefed on the plan by Green­stone Prop­er­ties Ltd to build 149 homes at Hazel Brook, Spa Glen, in Mallow.

The pro­posed site is 2km from the town cen­tre on the north-east­ern side.

The de­vel­op­ers are aim­ing for 105 houses and 44 apart­ments, along with a creche. The pr t will be con­structed in three phases over a five-year pe­riod.

The ex­ist­ing road and junc­tion at Spa Glen will be up­graded by the devel­oper along with new foot­paths.

Plan­ners said there was a slight con­cern that in the ab­sence of the north­ern relief road, ca­pac­ity for fur­ther hous­ing de­vel­op­ment in that area was low. They also in­di­cat­edthat partofthe Green­stone project, they would be seek­ing a de­vel­op­ment con­tri­bu­tion from the com­pany to­wards the build­ing of a board­walk planned at Mallow Bridge.

Coun­cil plan­ners said any views lo­cal public rep­re­sen­ta­tives may have on the project would be in­cor­po­rated into chief ex­e­cut e Tim Lucey’s re­port to Bord Pleanála. The clos­ing date for sub­mis­sions to Bord Pleanála is next Mon­day.

Cllr John Paul O’Shea said new hous­ing was “very wel­come, as there is an acute need for it in the Mallow area”. He was told de­vel­op­ers would of­fer 14 of the prop­er­ties to the county coun­cil for so­cial hous­ing.

Cllr Melissa Mul­lane said hous­ing was badly-needed. “We have a big prob­lem with car park­ing in that area,” she said. “We should look at land there for a car park.”

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