Naas residents believe mooted rezone will not be agreed by councillors

View from Poolpluck Bridge on the old Caragh road with the canal pictured to the right of the proposed site for development along the canal at Naas West.                     Photo Tony Keane.
Residents who are opposed to a land rezoning proposal near the Grand Canal branch line in Naas are confident that a majority of the nine local councillors are against the proposal.

Residents who are opposed to a land rezoning proposal near the Grand Canal branch line in Naas are confident that a majority of the nine local councillors are against the proposal.

Part of a parcel of land near Ploopluck Bridge off the old Caragh Road is at the moment zoned for open space and amenity use - under the Town Development Plan which expires in 2017.

Naas Town Council is considering an application for 43 houses and outline permission for 58 apartments on land at Naas West by Le Monde Holdings.

This applicartion was subsequently revised by an application to build 70 houses.

However because this would contravene the zoning objective of the Town Development Plan, councillors must vote on whether to rezone the land. Submissions were invited from the public and NTC councillors are likely to decide on the plan at a meeting scheduled for July 16.

Residents groups from a number of estates in Naas are opposed to the plan and all of the councillors have been contacted by individuals and group representatives with their views on the proposal. Most are against the proposal.

Three councillors have signalled their opposition to the rezoning proposal. One residents representative, Joe Bergin, said it’s expected that residents will attend the council meeting, sitting in the public gallery.

“We’re against this because the land was zoned as a green corridor. The councillors voted for this in the development plan.”

Mr. Bergin also said there is currently permission for 400 houses in Naas and another 300 houses are for sale. “If you like, there is a backlog of 700 houses to be shifted and these houses are not likely to disposed of or accounted for anytime soon,” he suggested.