Council expresses concerns for large housing development in Newtownforbes

Longford County Council has expressed a number of ‘serious concerns’ about a large housing development planned for Newtownforbes.

It feels it could have a detrimental impact on traffic and wildlife, while it also claims there’s issues with the planned water infrastructure.

In April, John Mahon lodged a planning application to demolish Bohan’s bar, storage shed and outhouses in Main Street, Newtownforbes, and build 24 semi-detached houses and a detached home.

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The council was due to make a decision on the development by tomorrow, but it has now requested further information from the developer.

In a letter to Mahon, it says the council’s road design office rose ‘serious concerns’ have been raised about the application, especially about the proposed entrance on to the N4.

It also says Irish Water has ‘serious concerns’ about the development, particularly about the planned pumping station and sewerage system.

The council also claims the overall design of the estate is substandard.

It notes there’s one straight access road running the length of the whole site and the open space is primarily located to the rear of the site, with some areas inappropriate for use as open space.

It also notes that bats and swifts, a protected bird species, are using the existing Bohan’s premises for nesting or roosting.

The council has asked the developer to address these issues and won’t now make a decision on the application until after that’s done.