the Clara Town Plan will see residential land in the town become the first to be de-zoned in the county.
At yesterday’s meeting of Offaly County Council, councillors passed the variation of the County Development Plan to include for the Clara Town Plan.
Lands adjacent to the Cluain Abhainn estate in the town are now to revert to white lands despite a submission on behalf of Joseph Brophy Ltd and Eden Homes (in receivership) asking the council to provide a residential zoning to secure the completion of the existing Cluain Abhainn estate.
However in his response, County Manager Pat Gallagher said the original planning permission for Cluain Abhainn had expired and said the developer had made some efforts in relation to resolving issues with the unfinished estate.
A pedestrian bridge which would be located alongside the existing Charlestown Bridge was also mooted in the plan.
Cllr Dervill Dolan said with the Cluain Abhainn estate located on the busy Clara to Tullamore road, young families used the existing bridge for access, which he said was “not suitable for parents with a buggy.”
The plan also allowed for improvements on the Charlestown Bridge.
In a submission the Department of Education highlighted the need for a new school for the town, and it suggested an alternative or reorganised site.