Proposed estate at Christendom no longer ‘sustainable’

A TIME extension for the construction of 223 houses at Christendom, Ferrybank has been refused by Kilkenny County Council because of “significant changes in the development objectives for the area” since the original permission was granted in 2007.

A TIME extension for the construction of 223 houses at Christendom, Ferrybank has been refused by Kilkenny County Council because of “significant changes in the development objectives for the area” since the original permission was granted in 2007.

The original permission granted to The Ferrybank Development Partnership expired in April of this year and a five-year extension was sought.

The site forms part of the former Christendom House Estate and is zoned Phase 2 in the Ferrybank Belview Local Area Plan, as amended in February 2012. As set out in the amended plan, “in general, Phase 2 land will act as a strategic reserve (and) significant residential development will not be permitted on Phase 2 lands.”

The planners wrote in their decision on this development: “Permitting a time extension for a housing development of up to 223 units (primarily 2/3 bed terraced house type) at this site location is not considered in accordance with proper planning and sustainable development. The strategy ... aims to facilitate the consolidation of the core, rather than their continuous outward spread.”