Planning application for large housing development in Roscommon town is refused

Planning permission has been refused for a large housing development in Roscommon town.

The community had mounted a strong campaign against the 35 homes planned for Abbeytown.

 

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In May, Abbeytown Developments Roscommon lodged a planning application to demolish a two-storey commercial building, formerly Mosart Studios and Roscommon Tile Centre.

In its place, it wanted to build 17 apartments, three duplexes, 15 townhouses and a refuse storage building.

But more than 40 residents strongly objected.

Shane and Nicola Nerney, of Culleen House, Abbeytown, claimed the density of homes wasn’t appropriate on a one-acre site and there weren’t enough parking spaces proposed, at 45.

Mr Nerney claimed there have been a significant number of crashes outside his house, where cars lose control and collide into their wall, and he fears a fatality could occur if the matter isn’t addressed.

Mary Barry, of 4 Cherry Drive, also claimed the development would cause severe traffic congestion and would be an eyesore, noting part of the development.

The council has today refused permission, but the reasons for the decision have yet to be released.