Longford's GEM group get go-ahead for mammoth housing development

Kevin Forde

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A picture of the approved development

A picture of the approved development

GEM Group has welcomed the approval of planning permission by An Bord Pleanála for a Strategic Housing Development (SHD) at Dunshaughlin East, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath.

The development will be located on a 28.3 hectare site at lands to the north of the R147 / Dublin Road in the eastern part of Dunshaughlin. It will be built on residential zoned lands and is proposed as a planned extension of the town through a ten-year planning permission. The site is located adjacent to the residential development at The Willows, which is currently under construction.

No third-party objections were raised in response to the planning application, and the site will be developed and built by GEM Group, which has over four decades of building experience in Ireland. A development plan will now be put in place for the site, with work commencing in Q4 2019, and the first homes delivered in Q3 2020.

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This will be a follow on to the 222 housing units at The Willows scheme in Dunshaughlin which is currently being developed by GEM Group over the period 2017-2019. The development comprises of a whopping 913 residential units, consisting of 505 houses, 186 duplex units and 222 apartments on the site. 90 of the homes will be allocated for social housing requirements.

It will also feature neighbourhood centre facilities including a childcare centre, two retail units and a primary healthcare unit/gym. The approved application includes significant open space areas, such as playgrounds, as well as pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, making it an ideal location for first-time buyers and families.

GEM group, who have a base on the Athlone Rd in Longford, were involved in many large scale projects such as the restoration of St. Mel’s Cathedral in Longford town following a fire.