Dun Áras developer submits altered plans for Ballymahon estate

The developer behind the controversial housing development planned for Ballymahon has significantly changed his plans for the estate.

He has scrapped plans to complete ten homes, reduced the number of houses proposed and plans a new recreational amenity area.

In July, Mark Cunningham, of the N4 Axis Centre in Longford, sought planning permission for 39 homes at Dun Áras in Ballymahon, but they was strongly opposed by many residents.

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In September, Longford County Council wrote to the developer seeking further information on the development and, in a response just issued, Mr Cunningham has submitted significantly revised plans for the estate.

He has reduced the number of homes planned to 35, comprising detached and terrace homes of one, one-and-a-half and two-storeys.

Mr Cunningham says having taken on board an observation from Longford/Westmeath Farmers Mart, he no longer plans to complete ten three and four-storey houses that were previously granted permission.

He plans to remove these ground-floor slabs in their entirety and to install an active and recreational amenity area.

This would include green open space and a woodland area, to create a ‘buffer zone’ between the mart and the houses, along with a boundary wall.

The council’s due to make a decision on the revised application by December 19, with submissions from the public invited before Tuesday of next week.