Strategic Housing Development - Residential Development at Clonminch Road (R443), Clonminch and Gayfield, Tullamore, Co. Offaly


Strategic Housing Developments lodged with An Bord Pleanála (ABP) in accordance with the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016.

The following applications have been made to An Bord Pleanála regarding development in Co. Offaly

Residential Development at Clonminch Road (R443), Clonminch and Gayfield, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Steinfort Investments Fund Date Application Lodged:  7th August 2020 ABP Reference: ABP-307832-20

Planning Application to an Bord Pleanála on behalf of Steinfort Investments Fund in respect of a proposed development in the Townland of Clonminch and Gayfield, Co. Offaly. The development will consist of 358no. dwellings in detached, semi-detached, terraced/townhouse, terraced/duplex and apartment form and in buildings ranging in height from 2-5 storeys. All buildings proposed have the option for the installation of photovoltaic/solar panels on front/rear roof slopes depending on orientation. The development will also provide for supporting neighbourhood uses in a two storey building including 4no. ground floor neighbourhood units for uses such as shops, cafes and restaurants and a medical centre at first floor level with an overall floor area of 1,700sq.m, and a standalone crèche in a two storey building (1,007 sq.m, with potential capacity for 100 children). The total non-residential floor space proposed amounts to 2,707q.m. The ground floor of apartment Block A has been designed such that part of the ground floor can be used as a crèche or three apartments. The overall quantum of public open space provided to serve the development extends to c15,389sq.m. Public open space takes the form of both ‘green’ landscaped and hard surfaced ‘civic space’ form and is in addition to c1,521sq.m of communal space.  Car parking is provided by way of 666no. car parking spaces including 386 in curtilage car parking spaces.  294 no. bicycle spaces are proposed across the site at surface level and bicycle storage rooms in apartment buildings D and E. Vehicular access is provided from the Clonminch Road (R443) via a new signal controlled junction.  The development provides for future potential vehicular and pedestrian connections from the proposed development to Clonminch Wood. The development also provides for works to Clonminch Road including the provision of 2no. new bus stops and cycle lanes over a distance of c.1,700m from c.100metres south of the new vehicular junction to the application site northwards to c. 80metres north of its junction with Bachelors Walk (R420), Tullamore, Co.Offaly. The planning application also includes all associated site development works including a pumping station and associated infrastructure, open space areas, public lighting, Electrical Vehicle charging points and ducting,  6no. ESB substations, roads, footpaths and cycle paths, landscaping, boundary treatments and service provision, including removal of existing pylons/ESB poles within the site and diverting and undergrounding of existing overhead electrical cables. The application will contain a statement setting out how the proposal will be consistent with the objectives of the Tullamore Town and Environs Development Plan 2010-2016 (as varied and extended) and the Offaly County Development Plan (2014-2020) as varied. The site is zoned ‘Residential’ and ‘Neighbourhood Centre’ the zoning of which facilitates the proposed uses.

The above strategic housing development planning application was lodged with An Bord Pleanála on 7th August 2020. The application will also contain a statement indicating why permission should be granted for the proposed development, having regard to a consideration specified in section 37 (2) (b) of the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended, notwithstanding that the proposed development materially contravenes the Tullamore Town and Environs Development Plan 2010-2016 (as varied and extended), other than in relation to the zoning of the land. An Environmental Impact Assessment Report and a Natura Impact Statement have been prepared in respect of the proposed development and will be included with the application.

 The application may be inspected online at .  A copy of the application is also available for public inspection (by appointment only) at the Planning Department, Offaly County Council, Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly and may be purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of taking a copy.

Submissions/observations may be made to An Bord Pleanála, 64, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1 within a five week period beginning on the date of receipt by An Bord Pleanála of the application and on payment of the prescribed fee of €20.00.  Last date for receipt of submissions is 10th September 2020.

Decision Due:  26th November 2020