Council gives go-ahead for 61 family homes in county Wicklow town after creche dispute solved
A large development of family homes in a county Wicklow town has been given the go-ahead despite the council’s initial concerns over the lack of a creche facility.
Developers James & Victor O’Shaughnessy argued that the project of 61 homes did not require a creche to be built as part of the plans under guidelines laid down by the Childcare Guidelines for Planning Authorities of 2001. After consideration, Wicklow County Council agreed and gave the plans the green light.
The project is going ahead on a tract of land at Ballygannon, Rathdrum which previously had planning permission for 135 houses, plus a creche facility that was granted back in 2008. In 2013, an application to extend the time period for the planning permission was granted and extended until 2018.
The application to build 61 two-storey homes of detached, semi-detached and terraced format was lodged with the council last year and saw the density of the development reduce from 28 homes per hectare to 20 units per hectare.
The O’Shaughnessy’s noted that under the Childcare Guidelines, a creche must be provided when 75 or more units are built and their development comes in under this number. Also, a two-acre site on the west of the site, if developed and under current density guidelines, would still only bring the number of units up to 73, therefore negating the need for a creche facility on the site.
The developers also argued that the town of Rathdrum was also well served by creches as it is presently.
After taking all arguments into account regarding the creche and other outstanding issues, Wicklow County Council granted permission for the construction of the family homes which will be a mix of two, three and four-bedroom houses.