Councillors to decide on Naas housing plan

A view of the site from Ploopluck Bridge, Naas, with the canal to the right of the site. Pic: Tony Keane.
NAAS town councillors will be asked to decide on whether a significant residential development is to go ahead on the outskirts of the town.

NAAS town councillors will be asked to decide on whether a significant residential development is to go ahead on the outskirts of the town.

Clane-based building company, Le Monde Holdings, applied to construct 43 houses and also sought outline permission for 58 apartments at Naas West, near Ploopluck Bridge, between the Old Caragh Road and the canal, prompting concerns from people living in a number of estates close to the proposed site.

They claim that the development could encroach an part of a green area and that some of the development would be within within 90 metres of the canal - where construction is not normally permitted to take place.

The application was revised by a proposal to build 70 dwellings, mainly 3 and 4 bedroom houses. The revised proposal makes no mention of apartments.

The revised application also includes 11 detached houses and a single bungalow along with a footpath and cycle track on the canal bank. Now Naas Town council has decided to seek submissions and observations from the public by June 28 and before any decision is made to grant or refuse permission.

The councillors will be asked to vote because part of the site is on land zoned for open space and amenity use and it will be necessary to change the Town Development Plan to grant permission.

Planning permission exists for some 400 houses not yet built in the Naas area.

- Paul o’Meara