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New housing planned for east Clare village

NEW housing could be horizon for O’Callaghan’s Mills, with planners considering an application for the development of three homes in the village.  Proposals for three four-bedroom homes were lodged by East Clare Construction, whose directors are listed as Joe and Teresa Cooney of Ballymacdonnell, Bodyke. Plans submitted show the proposed homes are detached, two-storey units, each with a garage. They are proposed for a site of just over half a hectare at Iragh, inside the village, owned by the company since 2015.  The floor space of each home is 167.5m squared and the application states that Part V of the Planning and Development Act does not apply in this case.  The development would be connected to the public water supply, and waste water management systems would have to be installed. A Site Suitability Report for one of the proposed homes, was prepared for the Waste Water Treatment System, in accordance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) codes in July. The report …

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Planners seek clarity on housing plans in east Clare town

PLANS to develop more private housing in the town of Tulla have generated some concerns locally and prompted the Council to probe a number of aspects of the project.  In May, Woodhaven Developments lodged plans for 36 new homes on a greenfield site, close to Glebe House, on Church Road. The company, who already have permission to build 17 houses and a commercial centre nearby, on the site of the former St Joseph’s Secondary School, told planners the latest plans will help to meet housing need in Tulla; create 42 construction jobs and represent an investment of around €3.75 million in the town.  Within the window for public consultation, four submissions were made. One, from a couple living on Church Road, described the development as being “of great benefit to the Tulla area” and “very well designed”. The residents asked that, in the event permission is granted, a two-metre high boundary wall would be erected along the entire boundary between …

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Clare village housing plan dealt a setback

PLANS for a significant housing development for Tuamgraney have hit a hitch, with the local authority asking for clarity on a number of elements of the proposals. After a total of six objections to plans for 52 new homes on a 3.96 hectare site on the Dock Road, the planning authority has asked for clarification on several aspects of the application. The plans were lodged by Michael Pearl in April, seeking permission for six four-bedroom detached houses; 22 three-bedroom, semi-detached houses; 14 two-bedroom semi-detached houses; and ten two-bedroom semi-detached bungalows. The first concern raised in the Further Information (FI) request is over the road that serves the site. Planners have said that they consider that the L41341 “which is narrow and poorly surfaced, to be unsuited in its current condition to provide safe access to a multi-unit residential development”. The developer has been asked to consult the Killaloe area engineer to discuss how a minimum road width of 5.5 metres …

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East Clare social housing plan sent back to drawing board

AN APPROVED housing body seeking to build 11 social houses and two apartments in Mountshannon has been sent back to the drawing board by Clare County Council. In March, Inis Housing Association lodged plans for housing of varying size and design, and a single building containing the two apartments. The site, which is three quarters of a hectare, is close to St Caimin’s Church of Ireland on Main Street. After an initial assessment of the plans, the Council has now requested Further Information on nine aspects of the project.  Planners said that “having regard to the scale, extent and location of the proposed development, it is possible that subsurface archaeological remains could be encountered during the construction phase” of the works.  They have asked that Inis Housing Association to commission an Archaeological Impact Assessment (AIA) involving test excavations. The request follows a submission on the project from The Development Applications Unit (DAU) of the Department of Housing, Heritage and Local …

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Objector raises ‘concrete jungle’ fear over Tuamgraney plan

CONCERNS that a scenic part of Tuamgraney could be turned into a “concrete jungle” have been raised in a submission on a major housing development proposed for the village. Last month, 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. To-date, one detailed submission has been made by a resident of Reddan’s Quay who has listed 15 concerns about the proposal. The objection raised concerns about “considerable increases in the level of flooding at Reddan’s Quay”. It said that additional housing would reduce the capacity of the land to absorb flood waters. The document has also raised concern about the adequacy of screening reports on the potential environmental and flooding impact of the development. The submission outlined that residents of the area have already experienced difficulty securing house insurance due to their proximity …

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Major housing development proposed for east Clare village

PLANS for a significant housing development in the village of Tuamgraney are being considered by the local authority. Developer Michael Pearl is proposing to demolish an existing pumping station and build 52 houses in a mix of bungalows and two-storey units, on a 3.96 hectare site on the Dock Road. A detailed planning report has been submitted by Hassett Leyden and Associates outlining plans for six four-bedroom detached houses; 22 three-bedroom, semi-detached houses; 14 two-bedroom semi-detached houses; and ten two-bedroom semi-detached bungalows. The average housing density will be 13.13 units per hectare. The application outlines that Tuamgraney is designated a ‘service town’ under the Mid-West Regional Planning Guidelines 2010-2022. Under the current County Development Plan, the site has three zoning types – residential, low-density residential and open space. In terms of the design concept, a mix of house types is proposed “to achieve a good mix and varied appearance of buildings”. A “large quiet open space at the back of …

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Clare hotel plans major expansion

PLANNING permission is being sought for a 27-bedroom extension at Hotel Doolin. The extension would also include a new entrance and reception area, along with 28 new parking spaces. The area of the extension would be 1,688 square metres, over two floors. A document accompanying the application points out that the hotel’s success, and that of the Wild Atlantic Way means additional capacity is required to cater for increased tourism. “The hotel wishes to ensure that all tourists wishing to stay and provide economic stimulus in the area can be accommodated in a quality environment.” It claims that without the additional accommodation there would be negative economic results for Doolin and West Clare. Recent years have seen frequent complaints that Clare isn’t getting the benefit it should from the Cliffs of Moher, with many visiting and then leaving the county straight away. The thrust of Clare’s tourism policy is now to address this issue, and the application says the new …

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Planning set to go in for east windfarm

A PLANNING application for the development of eight 180 metre wind turbines in South-East Clare will be lodged to Clare County Council next February. RWE Renewables has unveiled plans for the development of the wind turbines at Fahy Beg, Fahy More North, Ballymoloney and Ballyknavin in Bridgetown. RWE Renewables spokesman, Kieran O’Byrne, has also confirmed the next stage of the process is the completion of the Environmental Impact Statement. In an interview with The Clare Champion, he said the company has sent out two information letters to residents in April and was planning to circulate a third one this Friday or next Monday. He confirmed a company representative has met about 30 residents, some of those living less than one kilometre away are positive, some of the houesholders living more than two kilometres away are negative, and it is also receiving questions from people living further away. He said the company is happy to talk to any resident and hoped …

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