Massive 264 home development proposed for former Magee Barracks site in Kildare town

Childcare facility, cafe and public space

Niamh O'Donoghue

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Niamh O'Donoghue

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Massive 264 home development proposed for former Magee Barracks site in Kildare town

An image of what the new development will look like

Plans for the first phase of the massive redevelopment of Magee Barracks in Kildare town have been lodged for 264 new homes, a neighbourhood centre comprising three retail units, café including gallery/exhibition area, a two-storey childcare facility, and play area.

Ballymount Properties Ltd also want to include car parking, pedestrian and cycle paths, and public open space. The plans are due to be lodged with An Bord Pleanála under the new Strategic Housing Development process. This allows developers, who want to build more than 100 homes, to fast track their application by going directly to An Bord Pleanála rather than to Kildare County Council. 

The former Magee Barracks Site is enclosed by Hospital Street (R445), and existing residential areas to the east, west and north.

The development will also involve the demolition of 16 existing buildings on the site. Separate plans have already been lodged for a new Lidl and a cancer proton treatment clinic on former barracks lands. Gaelscoil Mhic Aodha and Kildare Town Educate Together School have also been built there.  

The proposed residential units consist of: 150 three-bed semi-detached houses, 16 four-bed semi-detached houses, ten four-bed detached houses, 14 three-bed terrace houses semi-detached, eight three-bed terrace houses, two four-bed terrace houses, 26 two-bed apartments, 26 three-bed duplex apartments, and 12 one-bed apartments.

The houses are two to three storeys in height and the duplex/apartment units are three storeys high. 

A total of 540 car parking spaces are included, comprising 482 spaces for residential units, 26 for visitors and 32 spaces to serve the proposed retail, café and childcare units, and public open space.

A new signalised road junction providing access to the proposed development and additional road works to Hospital Street are proposed, including pedestrian crossings, upgrades to footpaths, signage, road markings and traffic signaling.

The application may be inspected during public opening hours at the offices of An Bord Pleanála and Kildare County Council or online at www.mageebarracksp1.ie

Submissions can be made within five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by An Bord Pleanála of the application.

On its facebook page, Kildare Tidy Towns said the development “will profoundly impact the overall future character of Kildare Town.”

“It needs to be the best it can be and conform to excellent planning in relation to the incorporation of public friendly useable spaces, public buildings, good and sensible linkages between residential areas and sustainable transport including cycling infrastructure.”

The group said people could make comments and suggestions on how they would like to see this space developing and can make submissions to An Bord Pleanala from April 4.