Sunday 18 March 2018

Bord Pleanala to rule on Rosslare development

A HOUSING development close to Rosslare Harbour given the go-ahead by Wexford County Council is the subject of an appeal to An Bord Pleanala.

Seamus Carroll has been granted permission by the local authority for 21 houses at Ballyknockan, St Helen's.

Wexford County Council felt the residential development was acceptable at the location as the site is located within the catchment area of Rosslare Harbour, close to Kilrane, and was zoned for 'village expansion' in the last Rosslare Harbour Local Area Plan, now expired.

The appeal to An Bord Pleanala has been lodged by Denis Cronin of The Cottage, Kilrane.

Mr Cronin, in his submission to Wexford County Council, asked that the local authority ensure the road surface at St Helen's Road is restored to normal standards following the connection of the new development to the main drainage system.

He said sightlines will also be impaired by the development, while there are ' a multiplicity of entrances onto the public road in the immediate area of the proposed development and a further one would contribute further to a traffic hazard'. Mr Cronin asked for a traffic census on St Helen's Road before a decision was made, a request not met by the council.

He said the road serving the site in question is substandard in terms of width, horizontal alignment and condition (due to a broken surface), while a footpath is needed on the western end of the St Helen's Road.

Concerns about the development were also raised with Wexford County Council by Marian McCabe, The Cottage, Ballyknockan, Kilrane, though she has not appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanala.

An Bord Pleanala expect to have made a decision in relation to Mr Cronin's appeal by January 14, 2011.

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