Residents lodge petition over development plans

Fergus Reynolds and Bernard Cotterell. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
Homeowners living beside a proposed development in Longford town for the construction of over 250 houses have submitted a petition to Longford Town Council against its approval.

Homeowners living beside a proposed development in Longford town for the construction of over 250 houses have submitted a petition to Longford Town Council against its approval.

Concerned residents from the Abbeycartron area of town lodged the appeal last Thursday in a bid to have the plans thrown out.

First revealed by the Leader last week, Roscommon based firm Laragan Land and Property Ltd are seeking the construction of 251 new houses, together with a creche at Abbeycartron and Aghedgnan.

Spokesman for the residents, Fergus Reynolds said there was no justification for over 200 houses in a county with close to 100 unfinished estates already to its name.

“With this proposed development of 251 units, where are the people coming from to occupy them? he asked.

“If this development takes place, it will most certainly add to the number of ghost estates in the county.”

Followiong last week’s article, a spokesman from Laragan contacted the Longford Leader to state the company had spent a six figure sum on White Linen Woods, an estate close to where the proposed 251 new houses are being sought.