27 May 2022

Appeals lodged against building of 127 houses in Tullamore

The development had been granted permission in December

A number of appeals have been lodged against an approved development to build 127 houses at the Eiscir Meadows/Norbury Woods estates on the Arden Road in Tullamore. 

A number of individual residents as well as the Eiscir Meadows/Norbury Woods Residents Association, have appealed the decision of Offaly County Council to grant planning permission for the new homes.

Offaly County Council granted conditional approval to the housing development, which had been lodged by Codd Property Holdings Ltd. The company had applied for permission for 200 houses but permission was only granted for 127 with a number of conditions attached.

The appeals submitted have now been referred to An Bord Pleanala to undergo their appeals process.

The homes would be a mixture of two-bedroom terraces, three-bedroom terraces, semi-detached and detached two-storey properties. The green light also included provision for a creche at the site.

The appeals lodged by those at Eiscir Meadows/Norbury Woods raise a number of issues along similar lines, including transport, traffic and privacy issues. 

one appellant, a Norbury Woods Green resident, said that by reason of their height, depth and width, would have an "unacceptable adverse impact on the private open space of some houses in the Norbury Woods Green area." The appeal went on to say that the evening sun these houses currently enjoy will be blocked as a result of the construction of two-storey dwellings.

The residents made a number of other complaints regarding the possible loss of mature trees, as well as the location of the creche included as part of the development at the rear of the development due to traffic concerns.

Other traffic concerns related to heavy machinery passing through the already busy private residential area. 

The residents' association also raised the issue of the existing sewerage infrastructure, and its capacity to cater for more houses and a creche in the area.

The appeals will now be considered by An Bord Pléanala. 

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