61 new houses to go ahead in Birr

Thursday, 6 July 2017

THE local planning authority gave the green light for the construction of 61 new houses and apartments in Birr last week.
Developers, Beech Avenue Properties Ltd, were granted conditional planning permission by Offaly County Council to go ahead with the construction of 61 dwelling units in two zones at Seffin and Scurragh, Birr. In total, 27 conditions were attached to the planning permission, granted by the planning authority on June 27 last.
Zone A will comprise of 21 houses at Corr na Meala including 13 detached and eight semi-detached two storey dwellings. Zone B will consist of 40 houses at MacRegol Cuirt and MacRegol Pairc including six semi-detached two storey dwellings, six two storey terraced town houses, one three storey residential block comprising of six ground floor apartments, six first floor duplex units and one three storey residential block comprising of eight ground floor apartments and eight first floor duplex units.
As part of the conditional planning permission, Offaly County Council has ordered the developer to carry out the development in accordance with the plans and particulars, submitted on March 2 and March 15 2017 and amended on May 16 and June 1 2017. Prior to the commencement of the development, a contribution of €180,000 has to paid to the council along with a bond of €305,000 (61x €5,000) to secure the satisfactory completion and maintenance of services in the development. A further condition instructed the developer, prior to commencement, that a contribution of €302,000 will have to be paid to secure the construction of the internal distributor road, from Syngefield to the junction of the N52/N62 on Railway Road, Birr.
The estate and street plates have to be of a design and at a location to be agreed in writing with the planning authority and to be place within three months of the estate's completion while a housing number scheme, a phasing programme and associated signage has to be submitted for the written agreement with the planning authority.
All roads, footpaths and associated fixtures, services and site development works shall be completed in accordance with the 1998 Department of Environment Local Government recommendations while the street lighting within the new development shall be appropriately designed LED lighting. Other conditions relate to the height of concrete blocks at the rear of the gardens, landscaping in the estate, and existing tree/hedgerow on the site.
The developer was ordered to supply a schedule of materials and finishes to be used both in the houses and the footpaths along with how long the construction of the development is going to take. The planning permission will also see the developer underground all of the telephone, electricity and piped television services at the time of the construction while each car parking space in the communal car parking areas shall be clearly delineated by raised paving.
A management company will have to be in place and responsible for the management and maintenance of the apartments and duplex units in the development, according to the planning conditions. The remaining conditions related to the open spaces, the waste arising from the development's construction and connection agreements with Irish Water for the development.


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