By LISA DEENEY
OBJECTIONS have been lodged against a housing and retail development planned for the South Kildare town of Narraghmore.
Local residents are warning that the plans will lead to “overdevelopment of quite a small site and would lead to growth, rather than consolidation in Narraghmore”.
In a separate action, nearby Lipstown Stud has also lodged objections to the development. Mr William Fennin claims property developer Lawson Construction has “no consent” to use a treatment plant on his farm for the planned houses.
Lawson Construction has applied to Kildare County Council to construct five deluxe detached houses plus 592msq of retail/commercial units at Fullam Fuels in Narraghmore. A previous application on a bigger scale was objected to by the council.
In 2002 an agreement was reached with Mr Fennin and Lawson Construction to sell certain lands and Mr Fennin claims a sewage agreement was also reached with the property developer, which stated “only lands on the folio number of the farm were given consent to drain into the sewage plant constructed on my lands”.
It is understood Lawson Construction proposes to use Mr Fennin’s sewage treatment plant on his land for the development of five detached houses, but according to the stud farm owner the firm “has no consent to use this treatment plant for this purpose”.
In an objection letter to Kildare County Council, Mr Fennin said the council must refuse planning permission for the development.
Local residents Stephen Maher and Grace Maher claim the commercial element of the project is “unsuitable and inappropriate”.
“The size and scale are too much for this site,” they say in a letter to the council outlining their objections. “A two-storey building at this location, and particularly such a large one, would be visually obtrusive in the overall context of the village.”
They added: “It would overlook the front of our house and our back garden, which are across the road from it, diminishing both its value and residential amenity.”
They also claim the proposed layout would lead to overdevelopment of a small site. “There is no attempt to integrate the development into the village landscape...It proposes too great a density and is obtrusive and unsuitable in appearance. There is no provision for community, educational, social or other recreational facilities.”
The residents also claim an enforcement notice was served on Lawson Construction in 2005 regarding a separate development in the town. The enforcement notice related to “blatant breaches” of two specific conditions that related to the appearance of the building with regards to the roof and windows, they claim.
“If the applicant is happy enough to build in clear breach of conditions and the planning authority does not have the resources to police non-compliance, then the applicant should not be considered for a grant of permission for such a significant development in the centre of the village,” they conclude.
Despite several attempts to contact Lawson Construction, it was unavailable for comment.
The planning authority An Bord Pleanla is now reviewing the application and objections. It is due to make a decision on the development before Christmas.