Plans for a 32-house estate in Thomastown have been refused planning permission by Kilkenny County Council because there are already unfinished estates in the town and because the site is zoned for the town’s second phase of development.
Twenty-eight submissions regarding the planning application were made by residents of the neighbouring Dangan Terrace, Thomastown, maintaining that there is no demand or need for further houses in Thomastown at present, that an increase in traffic would add to the dangerous conditions on the R700 and R703, and that there are already unfinished estates in the town, which is experiencing a high level of emigration, among other concerns.
In its decision, the council noted that the site is zoned as Phase 2 development that, according to the Local Area Plan, “will act as a strategic reserve. Significant residential development will not be permitted on Phase 2 lands.”
The planning file also outlines the extent of unfinished housing development in the town: “There are two unfinished housing estates in Thomastown and between them there is a total of 8.8 hectares of land yet to be developed within these sites. In addition there is permission for seven detached dwellings at Station Road, Thomastown with only one unit completed and currently on the market for sale. The remaining six houses have not yet been completed and an extension of duration of the parent permission on this site has recently been granted.”