...mean­while, nearby pri­vate devel­op­ment re­mains on hold as coun­cil im­poses plan­ning con­di­tion that Kenmare treat­ment plant must be up­graded first

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By SINEAD KELLE­HER

KERRY County Coun­cil is to pro­ceed with plans to build 10 more houses in Kenmare next year sub­ject to the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment’s ap­proval.

This is part of an ex­ten­sion to Ard Bhearna Hous­ing Es­tate in the town, where 22 houses are al­most com­plete.

The news that Kerry County Coun­cil (KCC) is to build more houses in the town comes de­spite a de­ci­sion by the lo­cal au­thor­ity to halt a planned pri­vate devel­op­ment un­til a new Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant is built, an is­sue raised at a re­cent district meet­ing.

On Au­gust 24, the coun­cil granted Do­lent Prop­er­ties per­mis­sion to build 50 two-storey homes at The Par­son­age, Bell Height in Kenmare.

While the devel­op­ment was given the green­light, one of the con­di­tions – in bold, un­der­lined text on the per­mis­sion no­tice – states that no devel­op­ment can take place un­til a ca­pac­ity up­grade is com­pleted to the planned Kenmare Waste Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant. This is not ex­pected for a num­ber of years.

At Fri­day’s meet­ing of the South and West Mu­nic­i­pal District, Cllr Johnny Healy Rae had a mo­tion be­fore the coun­cil on the planned coun­cil houses for the town.

In re­sponse, the coun­cil stated that it in­tended to sub­mit stage one ap­proval to the Depart­ment for 10 more houses by the end of this year, and it is hoped that con­struc­tion will com­mence in June 2019. But Cllr Healy Rae queried this move given the pri­vate devel­op­ment con­di­tions which had been im­posed on the Bell Height devel­op­ment. He added that the planned devel­op­ment had been ap­pealed to An Bord Pleanála.

Re­spond­ing to Cllr Healy Rae’s query, Di­rec­tor of Hous­ing John Breen said the coun­cil is in dis­cus­sions with Ir­ish Wa­ter about the planned news houses for the town.

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