Further information sought on Athgarvan town centre plan

Council asks for road safety audit

Niamh O'Donoghue

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Niamh O'Donoghue

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niamh.odonoghue@leinsterleader.ie

Further information sought on Athgarvan town centre plan

File photo: Athgarvan Inn

Further information is being sought on plans, which would see the centre of Athgarvan village transformed.

The blueprint, which was lodged last Tuesday April 11, centres around the Athgarvan Inn public house.

Jim Rainsford wants to develop the village centre site surrounding the pub in three separate phases.

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However, Kildare County Council has now asked the developer to submit a road safety audit for the development and Athgarvan crossroads, a flood risk assessment for the site, further technical planning specifications, and car parking details.

The information has to be submitted within six months, but an extension of time can be sought by the applicant.

Phase one, if approved, would see the construction of a two-storey building facing the Newbridge/ Kilcullen road, consisting of five commercial units at ground floor level to cater for a restaurant, doctors surgery, bookies, chemist and office unit. The plans include three two-bedroom apartments at first floor level.

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Mr Rainsford also wants to include a "public realm" area beside the Athgarvan Inn, consisting of parallel parking, selected planting areas and public lighting along the Newbridge/Kilcullen road.

Phase two involves the construction of six terraced two-storey three-bed houses on the Two- Mile house road, the continuation of the footpath along the site, parallel parking, landscaped areas and public lighting.

As part of phase three, Mr Rainsford wants to build “age friendly” single storey houses in two blocks. The first block would be a terrace of four houses. Block two is a semi-detached block of two two-bed houses.

The plans also allow for the upgrade of the existing entrance to the Athgarvan Inn on the Newbridge/ Kilcullen Road, as well as a new pedestrian entrance onto the Two Mile House road.