Wednesday 20 February 2019

Plan for 14 luxury homes on outskirts of town

Front and side elevations of one of the properties
Front and side elevations of one of the properties

Maria Pepper

Wexford County Council is considering a planning application to build 14 luxury four bedroomed homes at Carraig Mór in Maudlintown.

The applicant is Eithne Scallan who lives in a family home on part of the site while her son Peter lives in a separate residence in the same location with a private communal road shared with two other houses.

The site is bounded to the north by the St. Mary's GAA playing pitch and The Rocks and is situated across the road from ruins of a medieval parish church and graveyard. It is not visible from any vantage point other than from the top of The Rocks.

The plans have been drawn up by the architect Fergus Flanagan of Crescent Quay and each of the 14 two-storey houses within the development is of a different design, with every property having a glass-covered terrace, to allow the occupants to sit outside regardless of the weather.

Wexford County Council has received submissions on the proposed development from several existing residents in the Maudlintown and Rocklands areas.

In a letter to the planning department, the architect said evert detail has been considered with regard to the function of the houses - the bins are housed with stone-clad structures called service pods and each pod has electrics for charging cars and also a parcel box for online deliveires.

Each house occupies a separate location within the development and regardless of their position, all the houses enjoy the natural movement of the sun to avail of solar power. Each of the homes has also been designed to ensure there is no over-looking, according to the architect.

The proposed lay-out is around a gently-curved road with the houses laid out opposite each other and a green space in the middle, with a turning circle for bin lorries and fire engines etc. The two existing houses occupied by the applicant and her son will remain on the north side of the site and will be incorporated in the development. An archaeological assessment was submitted with the planning application in which archaeologist Catherine McLoughlin of Stafford McLoughlin Archaeology outlined that the site is to the west of a medieval church and graveyard and to the south and east of a 17th century camp in Trespan Rock and Cromwellsfort used by Cromwellian forces during the siege of Wexford in 1649. Two holy wells are located to the nort-west and north-east of the site, dedicated to St. Nicholas and St. Mary Magdalene.

The area of Maudlintown is named after the church and leper hospital dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene which is located to the east of the development site. 'Archaeological testing and metal-detecing should be carried out by a suitably qualified archaeologist licensed under the National Monuments Acts prior to construction', the archaeologist recommended. Irish Water replied to a pre-planning enquiry from the applicant, confirming that a connection could be facilitated.

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