AN Bord Pleanála have received 51 submissions about a massive housing development near The Paddocks in Williamstown, which is set to include 324 new residential units featuring 11 apartment blocks, 95 four-bedroomed houses, 116 three-bedroomed houses, 17 two-bedroomed houses, a crèche, and 657 car parking spaces.
Amongst those who made submissions were local councillors for the area, Fianna Fáil Councillor Eddie Mulligan (supported by Fine Gael Councillor Sharon Carey), Independent Councillor Davy Daniels and Sinn Fein Councillor Pat Fitzgerald with candidate in the upcoming local election, Michael Doyle.
Cllr Mulligan’s 2,500 word submission raised a number of issues such as traffic management around the area, lack of supporting public transport, the height of the proposed apartment blocks and a breakdown of concerns from a number of residents from the area.
Cllr Daniels asked what impact an extra 800 plus vehicles would have on the existing infrastructure in the area and added that “no consideration” was being given to the regular traffic volume and build up particularly at peak morning and evening times in the vicinity of the Paddocks.
The Sinn Fein submission by Cllr Pat Fitzgerald and Michael Doyle, with support from Deputy David Cullinane TD, included points such as loss of light/over shadowing with the building of the apartments as designed cited as being “irresponsible and unacceptable”. They also included traffic and infrastructure, which they say is already at “stretching point”.
It is expected that at least one oral hearing will take place about the development in the coming weeks.