Estate must include crèche, council rules

Kilkenny County Council has ruled that the developer of an estate at Abbeylands, Ferrybank will not be allowed to omit a planned crèche from the development.

Kilkenny County Council has ruled that the developer of an estate at Abbeylands, Ferrybank will not be allowed to omit a planned crèche from the development.

S.E. Construction (Kent) Limited had applied to omit from the development at Leaca Ard a ground-floor creche facility/building and two first-floor residential units. The stated intention was to replace the crèche and residential units with two pairs of single-storey semi-detached houses.

However, the application has been refused by Kilkenny County Council. The council ruled that the omission of the crèche would be contrary to national policy, would not provide for future growth in the Ferrybank area, and that the larger than originally planned structures would encroach on an open area.

The file also notes that the development’s original planning permission expired on September 14, 2010 and that a “warning letter (was) issued in respect non-compliance” with 11 conditions of that planning permission.

“This urban location area is built up and an increase is expected in the population for Ferrybank and Waterford Environs. This requires a variety of services for children and families,” the planners write.

“A significant amount of future housing is permitted on zoned lands in proximity to the site, which will place more demands for crèche use. Furthermore, there are significant lands zoned for development in the Ferrybank area, which will place additional pressure for such facilities and delivering improved services and childcare provisions to the Waterford Gateway,” the planning file states.

It also notes that Ferrybank’s Local Area Plan includes a specific objective to develop public children’s playgrounds at a “proposed open space west of Abbeypark housing development ‘OS2’.”

“This is proposed in close proximity to the permitted crèche unit at Leaca Ard,” the file states. “Having a crèche beside this planned play amenity area promotes co-location and improved community usage. Furthermore, it is considered having two children’s community services close together represents proper sustainable planning and orderly development promoting shared co-use and reducing the need for further car travel.”