Mixed development of 360 new homes for 1,700 people could be fast-tracked for county Wicklow town
A mixed development consisting of 360 houses, duplexes and apartments in a county Wicklow town has been lodged with An Bord Pleanala as it falls under fast-tracked Strategic Housing Development rules.
The huge project at Kilmalum Road, Blessington, if given the go-ahead, could create accommodation for more than 1,700 people, increasing the population of the town by almost a third.
Windlyn Limited, a company based on Boghall Road in Bray has lodged the ambitious plans late last week. It hopes to build a development of both houses and apartments just over a kilometre from the centre of Blessington Town centre on the road to Ballymore Eustace.
The mixed development of of houses, duplexes and apartment will range in height from two to three storeys. As part of the plans, 36 of the 360 units will be dedicated to the meeting the developer’s obligations under part V of the Planning and Development Act for social and affordable housing.
As part of the plans, Windlyn Limited hope to build one one-bed duplex, 63 two-bedroom homes (including nine duplexes), 216 three-bedroom homes (including 16 duplexes), and 50 four-bedroomed houses.
Nine one-bedroom apartments and 21 two-bedroom apartments would also be constructed under the plans.
The development on the just short of 30-acre site will also contain a close to 5,000sq ft creche.
The proposed development includes measures to upgrade the Blessington Orchard/Kilmalum Road and Culvert over the Deerpark Watercourse, from the Roundabout junction of Kilmalum Road with Kilmalum Crescent which will include replacing the existing dished curb and crossing, with a new ramp pelican pedestrian crossing.
Under the plans, a cycle track will be constructed adjacent to Kilmalum Road to improve pedestrian and cycle access to and from Blessington.
Due to the size of the development, it is permitted to seek planning under the Strategic Homes Development rules aimed at speeding up the planning application process and accelerate delivery of larger housing projects.
A decision on the massive project is expected by early April.