Tuesday 16 July 2019

New plans for large housing and nursing home developments

The old Great Southern Hotel in Rosslare Harbour
The old Great Southern Hotel in Rosslare Harbour

Brendan Keane

A number of applications have been submitted, or are in the process of being submitted, to Wexford County Council relating to large scale housing and residential developments in the county.

Morrowpoint Properties Ltd. intends to apply for permission to construct a mixed-use and residential development in two phases at Rocksborough, Kerlogue and Strandfield.

The development, if given the green light, will see a total of 142 new housing units being constructed.

The first phase of the development would see the construction of 71 residential units comprised of four and three-bedroomed semi-detached homes along with 28 terraced dwellings comprised of three-bed and two-bed units.

The development will also include nine, two-bedroom apartments within a three storey block.

In addition to the residential aspect of the development the application will also seek permission for a creche and new access from the R730 including provision for a right turning lane and pedestrian access.

The second phase of the development, if granted, will see the development of a further 71 residential units including 34, three-bedroom semi-detached homes with optional attic conversion and sun rooms.

There will also be 28, four-bedroom semi-detached dwellings and two, four bed-room detached homes. In another application Chris and Kathy Lynch have applied to the local authority for planning permission to construct 21 detached single-storey dwellings at Rosetown, Rosslare, along with associated site works.

An application for an extension of time relating to the development of an apartment complex and 60-bed nursing home on the site of the Great Southern Hotel [known more recently as St Helen's Hotel] in Rosslare Harbour has also been given the thumbs up by the local authority.

The application relates to the demolition of the existing building on site and for the construction of a 25-apartment complex to be used as sheltered housing.

In a separate application a request for extension of time was granted in relation to the proposed construction of a new two to four-storey, 60-bedroom nursing home.

Both applications were submitted on behalf of KBT Capital Management Ltd. and the extension of duration was granted to October 12, 2020. The derelict former Great Southern Hotel site has been the subject of public meetings and protests as locals voiced their anger at the deteriorating state of the building and anti-social behaviour on the site.

Meanwhile a number of local residents have lodged appeals with An Bord Pleanála against a Wexford County Council decision to grant planning permission to H&R Chartered Homes Ltd for the building of 24 detached homes at Crosstown, Ardcavan on a site which would be accessed by an existing estate road serving the 'Edenwood' development owned by the same developer.

A Natura Impact Statement was submitted with the application which recommended measures to prevent negative effects on water quality in the River Slaney and Wexford Harbour during the construction phase.

Wexford People

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