Building plans take fresh twist

The proposed site where developers hope to build 250 new houses. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
Controversial plans to build 250 houses at a greenfield site in Longford town has attracted a series of objections, planning documents show.

Controversial plans to build 250 houses at a greenfield site in Longford town has attracted a series of objections, planning documents show.

Two residents’ groups and three local representatives have lodged submissions with Longford Town Coucil over the past two weeks concerning the proposed development of 251 new houses and a creche at Abbeycartron and Aghedegnan.

The Leader was the first to reveal how Roscommon company, Laragan Land and Property Ltd had submitted the plans to Longford Town Council’s planning department on August 1.

Since then, a number of residents near the site of the proposed development have spoken out on the issue. In the past fortnight, local politicians have also raised questions about the proposal.

Both the residents of White Linen Woods and those from Brickfield, The Belfry, Woodlands, old Abbeycartron and New Abbeycartron registered their own disapproval with the plans in recent days.

In their submission, White Linen Woods homeowners include seven reasons as to why the application should be turned down.

These range from doubts over the infrastructural capabilities that would be needed to cater for 251 new houses, claims that Longford town is already well developed while the existence of over 100 unfinished estates countywide is also noted.

Those residents from the latter named series of estates, namely Brickfield and four other areas cite the development’s proposed layout and “present poor infrastructure”. Ghost estates, access by emergency services and the estate’s commercial viabilty are given equal prominence.

To add to those submissions, three local councillors also sent in observations. Cllrs Peggy Nolan and John Browne filed letters with the council over the past two weeks, questioning the development’s long term feasibility. Cllr Padraig Loughrey, meanwhile made a representation on behalf of a local constituent.

In response, Laragan Land and Property Ltd, both through their accountants and parent firm, The Hanly Group have sent letters to the council insisting the company is not in receivership.