Question over Clane's Nancy's Lane social housing plans

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Henry Bauress

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Henry Bauress

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Question over Clane's Nancy's Lane social housing plans

A drawing of the proposed houses at Nancy's Lane

Questions have been raised about the plans for social housing at Nancy’s Lane.

There is consciousness of the current pressure to build houses in the absence of adequate construction by the private sector and also the problems of extensive waiting lists for social housing, but some wonder if the project should not be a mix of housing, using both social and affordable.

Apart from housing issues, the Council will hear about concerns over future trafffic congestion.

One issues that there is just one exit and entrance proposed for the 77 units scheme.

This is onto the Ballinagappa road.

Residents say it is being steadily clogged up with traffic as more and more estates empty onto the road.

That makes the junction with the village busy and dangerous.

As a result much of the school traffic now goes via Loughanure and Butterstream, much to the annoyance of residents there.

The County Council has invited submissions on the Nancy Lane plan.

It will told that there badly needs be a comprehensive town plan to alleviate the traffic in Clane.

It will be argued that in this particular instance an exit from the proposed development towards the Prosperous Road/ lower end of Butterstream is needed in order to ease pressure on the Ballinagappa Road.

But it won’t be a full solution.

A pedestrian and cycling route from Nancy’s Lane to the schools is suggested but there is worry that the historical aspect of the Lane — which is the remains of the original 18th century road — and Lane’s natural biodiversity will not be protected.