Dundalk as it Happens
Residents express concern over plans for new homes in Lennonstown
Local residents have raised concerns over proposals to build four new houses in Lennonstown Crescent in Lennonstown Manor, off the Red Barns Road.
While the estate has been built for around 20 years, those residing there have learned of developer Michael White’s plans to build two detached and two semi-detached houses on the green area of The Crescent.
Residents have since established that Mr White owns the three green areas within the estate and have fears that if the current development proceeds on one of the strips then he may look to build on the other two.
While Mr White has not yet applied for planning permission for the new houses, of which computer generated graphics have been developed, he has posted his intention to apply in local newspapers this week.
The Lennonstown Manor Residents’ Association have now 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.
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 four 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.”
Attempts by Talk of the Town to contact Mr White for comment were unsuccessful over recent days.
A number of mature housing estates in Dundalk, such as Oaklawns, have had new houses built on them in recent years.
A planning application for the Lennonstown development is expected soon.