Plans lodged for 1,161 new homes on controversial county Wicklow site
One of Ireland’s leading developers has lodged plans for a massive 1,161 residential unit development in county Wicklow, on lands where a project half that size was already refused permission.
Cosgrave Property Group was granted planning by Wicklow County Council back in 2017 for a development at Fassaroe and Monastery near Bray comprising of 390 apartments, 269 houses, a neighbourhood centre, creche, district park, parking and new road as part of a first phase in a development of around 1,800 units.
However, An Bord Pleanala overturned the decision at the end of 2017 on numerous grounds, including transport and access, which resulted in the developers initiating High Court proceeding against the planning authority in 2018, which have yet to be resolved.
This week Cosgrave Property Group made an application to An Bord Pleanála for a much larger development on the same lands looking to build 1,161 homes at the Fassaroe and Monastery site of Junction 6 of the M11 , consisting of 496 houses and 662 apartments.
As the development consists of more than 100 residential units, the developers do not need to go through Wicklow County Council for planning, instead applying under the recently introduced planning fast-track system under the Strategic Housing Development rules, which means the application goes directly to An Bord Pleanála.
A decision on the application is expected by the beginning of September.