North Longford housing plans turned down due to traffic concerns

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Planning officials have turned down plans to build 25 houses in Aughnacliffe

Longford County Council planners have refused to grant planning permission to Dermot Smith for the development of 25 houses at Rathmore, Aughnacliffe.

One of the reasons cited for the refusal is that the proposed development and resultant increase in traffic movements could result in a traffic hazard.

Another reason is that the proposed development site is zoned for Strategic Residential Reserve as set out in the County Development Plan (CDP) and the proposed 25 houses at Rathmore is not considered to be in keeping with the existing zoning of the land.

In a written observation, Cllr Micheál Carrigy (inset) referred to the zoning of the land under the CDP 2015-2021 and how it is to provide for a mix of uses for the sustainable regeneration of Aughnacliffe.

He pointed out that Longford Co Co had previously received ‘significant funding’ to carry out works and it was his view that this should be prioritised to provide not only housing but also provide an opportunity to develop facilities which may stimulate new business or enterprise to help develop the village.