Clonattin Village - an unrealised dream
Clonattin Village was heralded as a shining light for large housing developments when it was first mooted but more than a decade on the estate lies unfinished with nothing only a wooden fence around many parts of the estate.
Houses lie vacant while the planned supermarket, pub and restaurant, 18 shops and office unit never materialized. A multi surface sports area is also nowhere to be seen.
There is a small playground in the development however it's far too small to cater for the needs of an estate that has more than 400 houses and apartments.
Built in two phases the first phase was largely, if not wholly, residential units. The second phase contained a mix of residential units, retail and commercial interest.
The retail development aspect of the planning permission was appealed to An Bord Pleanála, but in 2005 they gave the go-ahead for the controversial multi-storey building although they restricted the height of the building to four storeys instead of the proposed five.
However no development took place at the site and in December 2011 the developers, Cleary and Doyle, were placed into receivership by Nama.
In January 2013 the receivers applied for planning permission for the demolition of an existing building on site and the removal of a partially completed on site sewerage treatment plant. This was to facilitate the construction of a further 206 residential houses along with a child care facility, children's play area and open space.
This was granted in December 2013 for a period of five years.
Wexford County Council said that engagement 'has resumed with the bond company' in respect of Clonattin. 'Negotiations are well advance on the preparation for full and final scope of works in order to proceed to tender stage.
'Discussion is ongoing with the receiver regarding the boundary treatment of the undeveloped lands.'