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Clare County Council planners have given June 15 as an indicative date for the decision.

Further objections to proposed east Clare housing plan


A HOUSING development planned for Tuamgraney is now the subject of six separate objections, including one from a local residents’ association.

In April, developer Michael Pearl applied for permission to demolish an existing pumping station and built 52 houses, in a mix of bungalows and two-storey units, on a site of just under four hectares on the Dock Road.

A submission from the Reddan’s Quay Residents has outlined six grounds of objection.

These are the principle of development; over-development; housing design and layout; traffic and pedestrian safety; flooding; and environmental impact.

The submission described Tuamgraney as having “a small close knit community of residents” and said that large scale developments had not been built, despite the fact that some have had the benefit of planing permission.

The residents’ objection contended that the proposed 52-home estate “will have a severe impact upon the physical and social fabric of the village”.

The document expressed the fear that Tuamgraney could become a “commuter village” with residents in the development travelling for work, mainly to Limerick.

Five other objections were made by individual residents and families before the May 25 deadline for submissions.

Concerns raised including traffic safety, flooding risk and the scale of the proposed development. One feared the proposal would create a ‘concrete jungle’ in the village.

Clare County Council has given June 15 as an indicative decision date.

About Fiona McGarry

Fiona McGarry joined The Clare Champion as a reporter after a four-year stint as producer of Morning Focus on Clare FM. Prior to that she worked for various radio, print and online titles, including Newstalk, Maximum Media and The Tuam Herald. Fiona’s media career began in her native Mayo when she joined Midwest Radio. She is the maker of a number of radio documentaries, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). She has also availed of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to report on development issues supported by Irish Aid in Haiti. She won a Justice Media Award for a short radio series on the work of Bedford Row Project, which supports prisoners and families in the Mid-West. Fiona also teaches on the Journalism programmes at NUI Galway. If you have a story and would like to get in touch with Fiona you can email her at fmcgarry@clarechampion.ie or telephone 065 6864146.

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