Planning application for new Lennonstown homes submitted
Developer Michael White has submitted a planning application for two new homes at Lennonstown Crescent, off the Red Barns Road.
Mr White has applied to Louth County Council for planning permission tobuild the two two storey semi-detached homes, as well as to extend the existing access road.
Last week Talk of the Town revealed that residents were concerned over plans that Mr White had to build four new houses in the estate.
The Lennonstown Manor Residents’ Association have began a campaign to prevent the building going ahead by sending a letter, seen by Talk of the Town, to all 29 Louth County Councillors even prior to the application being submitted.
They fear that if planning permission is granted it will “directly affect residents of The Crescent” and result in “heavy traffic during construction” for everyone.
In the letter to councillors by Residents’ Association secretary Margaret Dignan-Moloney, the group called on the local representatives to prevent the plans for the new homes from proceeding.
The letter read: “How is it the developer, Michael White, can propose to return to a mature estate circa 20 years since the original development with the inevitable disruption this will cause to the residents?
“The developer has claimed ownership of a narrow strip of land running the length of the Crescent’s green space and parallel to the adjacent industrial estate on the Coes Road in order to facilitate this development. Approval of this development will invariably lead to a loss of current green space and a significant amenity in terms of children playing within the estate.
“Prompted by this proposed development we have established ownership of all three greens in the estate appears to be still in the developer’s name. Yet the developer ceased maintaining the estate in 2005, has had no interaction with the residents since that time, and the residents can unequivocally prove they have been paying for upkeep of the greens for the past twelve years.
“When the developer ceased maintaining the estate in 2005 the residents enquired and were specifically told by the council ‘when the developer ceases the upkeep it is up to the residents to pay the cost of the upkeep.’
“How is it at this remove that ownership of the greens is not in either the residents or the council’s name? Why are the residents paying for the upkeep when it appears the developer still retains ownership? Was the advice of the council misleading? And equally does this imply the developer can propose development on remaining green spaces within the estate in future? Certainly if this proposed development goes ahead the residents will no longer take responsibility for the financial burden of maintaining the estate.
“We, the residents, want to make it clear to you, our elected representatives, we are extremely angry and frustrated with this proposed development. We cannot overemphasise this point enough!
“Some of the significant reasons we purchased our homes was on the basis of attractive green spaces, coupled with the assumption no further development would take place, and the estate would mature without disruption for ourselves and our children.
“Given this we are naturally extremely worried about the impact of this proposed development in terms of disruption to daily lives and school runs during any build phase, consequent safety issues for our children, proposed significant loss of green space and children’s playing area, and ongoing safety issues for our children and disruption caused to all by the inevitable increase in residential traffic into the estate should this proposed development go ahead.
“We feel it is a disgrace a developer can propose development to a mature estate circa 20 years after the original development ceased and we want to make it clear the residents do and will object to this proposed development in the strongest possible terms and through all available mechanisms.
“We also feel this proposed development has implications for other mature estates in the urban area and will be bringing it to the attention of a wider audience through our contacts with other residents associations and through local media.”
A decision on the application will be made by May 7th.