Bray Harbour development must give mistakes of the past a wide berth – Wicklow TD
The proposed Bray Harbour development of 126 new apartments must give mistakes of the past a wide berth, Fianna Fáil health spokesman Stephen Donnelly has said.
“I would of course welcome more housing to help ease the chronic shortage of residential property in Bray,” Deputy Donnelly said.
“However, it has to be done in a way that actually enhances the area and is in keeping with its surroundings.
“We need to make sure there is the right mix of social and affordable housing and that the new development is not simply bought up by an anonymous vulture fund.
“The Harbour area is in desperate need of redevelopment but the people of Bray deserve a scheme that they can be proud of and not end up regretting for generations to come.”
The application to build 126 apartments on the site of the Harbour Industrial estate was lodged earlier this month with An Bord Pleanála under the Strategic Housing Development Legislation.
The SHD process was introduced in 2017 as a way of fast tracking the building of certain residential developments in response to the housing crisis.
Deputy Donnelly said he welcomed the redevelopment of the area and recognised new developments are desperately needed but warned it must be done right.
He noted the Harbour area is already being reviewed as part of the Harbour Development study which is looking at maximising the area as a centre for leisure and commercial activity.
Deputy Donnelly said issues such as access to Seapoint and Strand Roads, which are already pinch points at peak times, would have to be examined closely.
He noted there are already a lot of developments in the pipeline around the old Bray Golf club where planning permission has been granted for a 58,000 square metres retail centre 950 apartments, a cinema complex, bars, restaurants, hotel, and offices.