Plan for 95 new homes in Arklow has been submitted

A planning application has been submitted to Wicklow County Council’s planning department for 95 new homes in Arklow.

Russelstown Property Development Ltd has sought permission to construct 71 semi-detached and terrace houses with two, three and four bedrooms, together with 24 apartments in six blocks and a creche at a site on Ballyraine Upper.

The proposed development also includes the provision of open spaces, roads, footpaths, connection to services and all associated ancillary site development works. The site consists of 4.12 hectares adjacent to the M11 motorway and is bonded to the north by the Woodlands Park Road, which has no immediate relevance to the proposed development other than there will be a pedestrian access to the estate.

A full detailed survey of the trees throughout the site are included in the submission.

The plans identify the tree and root protection zones. The development envisages the removal of three trees which would otherwise restrict the development.

Cllr Tommy Annesley said: “All new houses are to be welcomed. We are in the middle of a housing crisis and people are really struggling. There is a real shortage of housing in the private market, and there is also a huge waiting list for social housing in Arklow, so Wicklow County Council would be delighted to get a few extra houses. The matter is with the planning section at the moment and we will just have to let the planning process take its course.”

A decision on the development is due by January 23, 2024.

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