Permission has been refused for a major mixed development in Newbridge.
Cowlara Ltd sought permission from Kildare County Council for a development comprising 183 homes, a creche and a 120 bed nursing home at Ballymany.
Kildare planners have declined to grant permission, but it is open to the applicant to appeal the decision to An Bord Pleanala.
The development description is as follows:
Mixed-use development comprising a total of 220 No. dwelling houses; a single storey crèche facility (307sqm gross floor area) and a 120 No. bedroom nursing home facility 2 storeys in height (7,117sqm gross floor area). The proposed dwelling houses are in terraced, semi-detached and detached format and range in height from 1-2.5 storeys. Specified dwellings have the option for dormer windows in roof slopes to facilitate the option to convert the attic space of these dwellings to habitable accommodation. The proposed development also provides for the construction of a section of a new link road (c.647m) along the western part of the site incorporating a new signalised junction off Standhouse Road in accordance with SRO 5 of the Newbridge Local Area Plan 2013-2019. A new vehicular access serving the proposed nursing home is also proposed off Standhouse Road. It is also proposed to provide a new vehicular access off Ballymany Road (R445) to the south. A new pumping station is proposed in the north-western part of site. The proposed development will also provide for all site development works including alterations to ground levels and the removal and/or re-use of existing stockpiled material on site; the construction of crib (retaining) walls; the rerouting and undergrounding of overhead cables; internal access roads, car parking, footpaths, cycle paths, open space, public lighting, landscaping, 2 No. electricity sub-stations, services and boundary treatments. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be submitted to the Planning Authority with the application and will be available for inspection or purchase. The application site is bounded to the north by Standhouse Road and the rear of dwellings fronting that road; to the south by Ballymany Road (R445) and the rear/side of dwellings fronting that road; to the east by the Keadeen Hotel, the gardens of houses in the Elms housing development and a playing field; and to the west by farmland. The application is for planning permission for a period of 10 years. Revised by Significant Further Information which include, but are not restricted to, alterations to the proposed scheme, e.g. changes to layout, housing mix, open space, boundary treatment as well as reduced number of dwellings from 220 no. dwellings to 183 no. dwellings, reduction in scale of nursing home, revised proposals for removal of materials, revised phasing for the development including the provision of the Link Road and updated EIS