Planning permission granted for controversial Ballymahon estate

Longford County Council has granted permission for a controversial housing development in Ballymahon.

The decision comes despite more than 50 objections being lodged against the plans.



In July, Mark Cunningham, of the N4 Axis Centre in Longford, sought planning permission for 39 homes at Dun Áras in the town.

However, after concerns were raised, he lodged significantly revised plans for the estate.

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

He also agreed not to complete ten three and four-storey houses that were previously granted permission and to remove these ground floor slabs.

Instead, he agreed to install an active and recreational amenity area, with a green open space and woodland area, and to create a ‘buffer zone’ between Longford/Westmeath Farmers Mart and the houses.

The council has today given the revised plans permission, subject to a number of conditions that haven’t yet been revealed.