The village of Portroe is expected to make a submission to Tipperary County Council on its plan for 17 social houses in the village.
A number of locals met in the community hall this Monday to discuss the issue and, according to Cllr John Carroll, the general view was that there was already a sufficient social housing mix in the village.
“I suggested that, similar to other villages, they should draw up a Village Design Statement and discuss it with the planning authority,” said Cllr Carroll.
He said that it was “hugely important” that any proposals didn't distort the mix and character of Portroe.
“Some villages went out of control because of inappropriate developments,” said Cllr Carroll.
He said that a small group had been set up with the intention of setting up a local development group, and, he would assume, they will make a submission to the council on the plan for 17 houses.
“I was very happy with the meeting. They are a very pro-active community,” he said.
Cllr Carroll also revealed that the community is planning to meet the council and the Department of the Environment to see about demolishing the vacant estate in the village.
“They are willing to work with the council and Department to find a resolution. Those houses were built in a different time and are not fit for modern living,” he said.
He described them as a “stagnant development”.
The council has published its intention to seek public submissions on the plan on 0.66 hectares at Garrykennedy, Portroe village.
The development will see 17 new dwelling houses comprising five three-bedroom, two storey houses, 10 two-bedroom, two storey houses and two two-bedroom, single storey houses, roads, footpaths, underground services, drainage systems, attenuation tank, car parking, boundary treatments, landscaping, open spaces and all associated site works.
The development will also include the connection to the existing foul drainage in the R494 and the connection, across an existing right of way, to the existing storm drainage in Drom Slinne estate.
Plans and particulars of the proposed developments, together with the appropriate assessment screening report, will be available for inspection or purchase at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the Civic Offices, Limerick Road, Nenagh, until Friday, July 6, between 9.30am and 4.30pm.
Submissions or observations with respect to the development, dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the development will be situated, may be made in writing to Sinead Carr, Director of Services, Housing, Tipperary County Council, Civic Offices, Emmet Street, Clonmel, the outer envelope to be marked “Housing Section – Part 8 submission in respect of proposed development at Garrykennedy, Portroe Village, Nenagh” to be received no later than 4.30pm on Monday July 23.