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483 new homes given the go ahead in Blackrock

483 new homes given the go ahead in Blackrock

Plans for a new strategic housing development containing 483 new homes in Blackrock have been given the go ahead by An Bord Pleanála.

Talk of the Town first revealed plans by Kingsbridge Consultancy Ltd to build the new development on lands off the Golf Links Road, close to Dundalk Golf Club and the R172, late last year.

At that stage they were in pre-planning consultations with An Bord Pleanála for the strategic housing development.

In June the plans moved forward to stage three with the application submitted and a website for the development launched at www.blackrockdundalk-shd.com

Earlier today a number of local residents who had made submissions in relation to the new housing development told Talk of the Town that they have received letters from An Bord Pleanála outlining that the application for the project had been given the go ahead subject to a number of standard conditions being met.

As well as 483 homes, Kingsbridge Consultancy Ltd have also been granted approval for a new 677sqm childcare facility on site and a new access junction and works at the Blackrock Road.

There will also be pedestrian and cyclist accesses onto Bóthar Maol, landscaped open spaces, internal roadways and potable, surface and foul water infrastructure.

The residential element of 483 units comprises of 258 detached, semi-detached and terraced houses, 213 apartments in seven apartment blocks, and six own-door apartments and six duplex units in two duplex over apartment blocks. A total of 824 car parking spaces and 512 bicycle spaces are planned also.

The proposed layout of the site

At the entrance to the site it is planned to undertake the following works: remove the existing boundary wall and replace it with a low stone finished wall; provide a right turning lane from the R172 into the proposed access road; raise the level of a 158 metre segment of the roadway by an average of 395 mm and reconstruct the public footpaths to match; provide a raised pedestrian crossing across the access road; and to provide a recessed bus stop. The proposed access road has a carriageway width of six metres and incorporates a traffic calming narrowed area, grass verges, and off-road cycle path and footpath on the northern side. In total, four potential future vehicular access points are provided to adjoining residential zoned lands.

At the northeast of the site it is planned to provide a surface water pipe along part of the Blackrock Road to an existing open channel, and to install a box culvert over part of this channel with a new headwall and riprap apron. The proposed storm water drainage system comprises 4 no. networks with interception storage and treatment of runoff within the SuDS features via. permeable paving, swales, filter drains, silt traps and oil separators, a storm water infiltration basin and two culverts to be located along existing drainage channels. The proposed foul water infrastructure includes the provision of a foul sewerage pumping station. The potable water infrastructure includes the provision of a new District Metered Area (DMA) watermain that will extend across the site. The site is served by a proposed hierarchy of roadways with footpaths.

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