‘It’s already jammed in the area’ – Local concern as go ahead given for 426 new homes
Locals in Greystones, Kilcoole and Delgany have raised concerns about congestion and the strain on local services after Cairn Homes was given permission to build 426 new houses and apartments in the area.
An Bord Pleanála gave the green light to the developer through a fast track planning application despite local opposition to the plan.
“It’s already jammed in the area,” one person who did not wish to be named told WicklowNow.ie.
“The roads are backed up, the N11 is like a car park and there’s not enough room in the schools. Where are the kids going to go?”
The development is planned between Farrankelly, Killincarrig and Delgany, 2.5km south of Greystones, and comprises 245 houses and 181 apartments across three four-storey apartment blocks at the centre of the development.
Eighteen submissions from locals, local councillors and local sports clubs were made with some saying that the development will not be sustainable and will to an excess of cars.
Some councillors favour the plan but others say the density is excessive and that the scheme will be visually obtrusive.
The executive of Wicklow County Council backed the plan, saying the apartments blocks comply with the national guidance.
An Bord Pleanála has upheld the recommendations of inspector Karen Hamilton who wrote a 68-page report backing the plan.
As part of the planning permission, Cairn Homes is required to sell 42 units in the proposal to the local authority for social and affordable housing.
Cairn Homes recorded pre-tax profits of €21.3m on revenues of €192.4m in the 12 months to the end of June last.