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Appeal lodged against plans for 80 new homes on Mount Avenue

Appeal lodged against plans for 80 new homes on Mount Avenue

An appeal has been lodged against plans for 80 new homes off Mount Avenue in Dundalk.

Last month local developers Urban Life were granted conditional planning permission by Louth County Council to build the new dwellings at Farrandreg, Mount Avenue and Headford.

Those plans have now been held up following an appeal by Mount Avenue resident Kathleen McCaughey, who has expressed concerns that the development as currently proposed would “endanger public safety by reason of traffic hazard and obstruction of road users due to the inadequacy of the existing road infrastructure.”

In her submission she has described the road quality at Mount Avenue as “sub-standard” and estimates the proposed development would generate circa 900 additional vehicular movement trips per day once complete.

Last month Urban Life were given the go ahead for vehicular access off Mount Avenue and Headford for the new residential development, which will comprise a mixture of houses and apartments.

A total of 80 dwellings are proposed, including 50 houses in detached, semi-detached and terraced dwellings and ranging in height from one to two storeys. There would also be 30 apartments accommodated in two linked three storey apartment buildings. All dwellings and apartment buildings have the option for Photovoltaic panels on roof slopes.

Vehicular access to the proposed development will be provided via a new access from “Headford” Estate Road. The proposed development will also consist of improvement works to the existing junction between the Headford Estate Road and Mount Avenue, either side of the entrance, and also provides for upgrade and improvement works to Mount Avenue for a distance of c.550m towards the Castleblaney Road (R934). These improvement works include road widening and the provision of footpaths and public lighting.

The proposed development will also provide for all site development works including alterations to ground levels; the construction of retaining walls; the rerouting and undergrounding of overhead cables; internal access roads; car parking; footpaths; cycle paths; public lighting; landscaping; services; boundary treatments and an ESB sub-station.

A decision on the planning appeal will be made by An Bord Pleanála by June 10th.

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