Major housing development outside Athlone refused permission

Roscommon County Council has refused permission for a 78 homes in Monksland.

Pat Donoghue Construction, from Moylough in Co Galway, was seeking to develop an estate to include 20 three-bedroom, 38 four-bedroom semi-detached houses, and 19 terrace properties, on the old Tuam Road

As well as the 78 homes of 2, 3, and 4 bedrooms, Pat Donagh was hoping to develop a creche on site and charging points for electric cars.

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The local authority has turned down the application, based on the lack of provision for social housing which is required based on the scale of the development,

Planners also point to deficiencies in the current application.

Among the many inconsistencies cited, are the partial layout of the site development plan, lack of information and details in relation to the houses’ access car parking areas, green spaces and boundaries.

Planners say there’s a lack of detail in plans in respect of drawings, designs and finishings.

Citing local and urban plans for this area, Roscommon County Council refused permission on the plans as they are currently presented, stating that they cannot demonstrate that the houses would be capable of assimilating into the area, or would provide an acceptable standard of, or residential amenity for the area.