Local residents bid to block plans for 65 new homes on the Dublin Road

An appeal has been lodged with An Bord Pleanála against plans for 65 new homes on the Dublin Road in Dundalk.

Torca Developments Ltd were given the go ahead for the new houses by Louth County Council last month but now both the Rockfield and Glenwood Residents’ Associations have appealed the decision to the planning authority, who will make a decision on the case by March 16th next year.

The bid to build on the 3.97 acre site between the Glenwood housing estate and Niall Clarke Oils filling station and the Teagasc offices on the Dublin Road has been ongoing for over a year.

In August 2018 Dublin-based Torca Developments Ltd were granted conditional planning permission by Louth County Council to build 43 new homes there.

This was subsequently rejected on appeal to An Bord Pleanála in February this year.

In May Torca Developments returned with new plans for 67 dwellings within nine blocks ranging in height from one to four storeys on the 1.56ha site.

This was granted conditional planning permission by Louth County Council last month with the provision that the number of units is reduced by two to 65. There has also been a revision of car parking west of Block 1 and a revised elevation design to the northern bookend of Block 1.

The planned development will comprise of 23 one bed apartments, 13 two bed apartments, 14 two bed duplex units, 7 three bed duplex units, 1 four bed unit, 4 one bed houses and 5 three bed houses.

There would be a total residential gross floor area of c.5,522.2sqm.

As part of the application new vehicular and pedestrian access will be created via the Dublin Road to the south-west and Glenwood to the north with new pedestrian access via Rockfield to the north-east and Glenwood to the north.

The application also gives the go ahead for all associated site development works, services provision, car parking, cycle parking, bin stores, open space, vehicular/pedestrian access, landscaping and boundary treatment works.