Rosslare Harbour residents oppose holiday village plans
A GROUP of Rosslare Harbour residents has come together to oppose the county council's grant of planning permission for a large holiday home development.
The council has granted permission to developer Dermot Carroll to demolish two uninhabited dwellings and has given him outline permission for the proposed use of the land as a holiday village consisting of 67 holiday chalets and and full permission for a new indoor activity centre to serve the holiday villages and a dwelling for the warden/holiday village manager and three private swellings.
This also includes landscaping, car parking, new access to station road, road layouts, foul and surface water and other services on approximately 4.0993 hectares of land on the site at Ballygeery on the western side of the harbour.
However, the group calling itself 'The Station Road Residents Association', has lodged an appeal against the grant of permission with An Bord Pleanala.
One of the Station Road objectors said surface water and potential flooding was a major problem as well as the fact that local residents considered a large holiday home park unsuitable for a mainly residential area with little or no facilities for tourists, no beaches, swimming pools or creches.
'This application is for 67 summer houses, what's going to happen in the winter.. is it going to be a ghost estate, there's nothing here,' said the man who asked not to be identified.
He said residents were concerned about the amount of surface water being created by 67 holiday homes and the effect on already overloaded drainage systems.
'There are a rake of houses here already and surface water is a big issue, there are already two or three houses that can't get insurance because of the flooding. This is only going to make things worse,' said the resident, who has lived in Station Road since the 1960s.
He said all of the Station Road residents objected to the holiday village plans.
An Bord Pleanala is due to make a ruling on the appeal by October 20.