Wednesday, March 30, 2022

A Westport councillor said Mayo County Council would be guilty of an “act of urban vandalism” if it did not reconfigure a local housing scheme.

An Bord Pleanála recently refused the council’s plans to build 46 houses on a site at Carrowbaun, Westport because the proposed density of 10.5 units per hectare was “grossly inadequate and unacceptable”.

The board recommended that 35-50 dwellings per hectare would be appropriate, but a similar council-owned development planned for the Golf Course Road has considerably fewer houses per hectare.

Speaking at a meeting of Westport-Belmullet municipal district, Fine Gael councillor Peter Flynn called on the council rethink its plans for the development on Golf Course Road in light of An Bord Pleanála’s decision and to meet with the Department of Housing and Local Government to discuss the matter.

“I ask that the council desist from this act of urban vandalism and reconfigure the development on the Golf Course road to provide for a mix of social and affordable units of mixed size and tenure to maximise the land use and create a balanced sustainable community,” Mr Flynn said.

Independent councillor John O’Malley seconded the motion and said greater density per hectare was required.

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