Tuesday, July 30, 2019

A new housing development in Ballina has been given the green light by Mayo County Council.

The local authority has given planning permission for the construction of 45 houses at Ardoughan, Ballina. The development will see the construction of detached and semi-detached properties.

It had been proposed to build 49 homes on the site but 45 houses will be constructed instead with a green space included in the plan.

There were two objections to the plan from residents in the area. Concerns were raised about the size of the development and impact on surrounding properties.

One of the objections also contended that the houses would be out of character with adjacent dwellings which are single-storey homes with large gardens. One objector suggested that 20 houses would be more suitable.

Traffic concerns and noise and inconvenience during the construction period were also raised.

The development is welcome news for the housing sector in Ballina with the construction of large-scale housing developments right across the county largely stagnant for over a decade.

The Salmon Capital’s hospitality sector is also in line for a boost.

A planning application has been lodged to develop the former Gaughan’s pub premises on O’Rahilly Street and Gaughan’s flat on James Connolly Street, into a licenced restaurant and guest apartments.

Mark FitzGerald, co-founder and chairman of Sherry FitzGerald estate agents, submitted plans to Mayo County Council to turn the former pub on O’Rahilly Street into an 80-seater licensed restaurant, along with an outdoor seating area in an enclosed courtyard between O’Rahilly Street and James Connolly Street.

The development has been designed by the award-winning Paul Keogh Architects who have won many awards, including for their work on the regeneration of Dublin’s Temple Bar.

A report submitted to planners at Mayo County Council sets out how the design intention aims to provide a contemporary dining experience like that of the successful Airfield Cafe in Dundrum, and the Boathouse Inn in Shrewsbury in the UK, both designed by Paul Keogh Architects.

A vaulted rear dining space will add a ‘wow’ factor to the overall development. The apartments will be accessed separately to the restaurant and they will create high-quality tourism accommodation for short-term visits, encouraging tourists to stay in the town centre.

The 45-unit housing scheme will be the first big residential development in Ballina in more than a decade.

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By Marian Duggan
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