PLANNING permission has been granted for a development of 112 houses and a public park at Loughmacask in the city.
The plans consist of 112 two-storey residential units, some of which will have one-storey garages. This will include 55 five-bed detached houses, 17 four-bed detached houses, 28 four-bed semi-detached houses and 12 three-bed semi-detached houses.
Open space within the proposed development includes a proposed public park at Loughmacask, a tree nursery and pockets of landscaped open spaces and homezones.
A timber boardwalk is proposed to traverse the Lough at its narrowest point.
Ten-year permission for the development at Raheenagun and Loughmacask, Kilkenny was granted to PM Cantwell Ltd by Kilkenny County Council on January 7.
The site contains Loughmacask, a proposed Natural Heritage Area. Loughmacask is a turlough, "a reed and large sedge swamp and a eutrophic lake habitat, protected under the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000".
To the south of the site on the opposite side of the Tullaroan Road is Grasslands Fertilizers (Kilkenny) Ltd. This fertilizer factory is a designated Seveso II site. Adjoining this industrial building is Dicksboro GAA Club.
All traffic entering and exiting the proposed development will access the site from the Tullaroan Road.
The Childcare Facilities Guidelines require new residential developments of 75 houses or more to provide a childcare facility within the development, but the applicant is not proposing a childcare facility within this development as there is one being proposed on the adjoining lands.
When development commences on the site, a development levy of f1,538,810 will be due to Kilkenny County Council.
The developer will also be obliged to pay f22,297 to the council as a special contribution towards the future signalisation of the Butts Green roundabout and the associated junction alterations.
A contribution of f3,630 will also be due to the council towards the cost of works facilitating the proposed development, i.e. a traffic mitigation proposal for Lord Edward Street.
A further condition of the approved planning permission is that "The Landscape Works and Play Spaces within each phase of the proposed developments shall be completed prior to occupation of any dwelling within that phase."
In the planning document, the Heritage Officer recommended that the applicant submit an ecological report for Loughmacask, given that it is proposed to insert a boardwalk within the turlough and to remove some trees.
The planning document also notes that is a policy of the Local Area Plan to "ensure that all developments proposed within or close to the pNHA (proposed Natural Heritage Area) avoid impact on the hydrological and ecological functioning of the pNHA and are referred to the National Parks and Wildlife Service for consideration and comments".
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