Mallow welcome for 149 houses
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.”