Developer confident about massive Letterkenny plan

The developer behind a huge housing development that would see a new bridge built over the River Swilly expects an appeal to be lodged against the granting of planning permission.

The developer behind a huge housing development that would see a new bridge built over the River Swilly expects an appeal to be lodged against the granting of planning permission.

Former Letterkenny Town Councillor and town council official Lawrence Blake said he was confident that the development will ultimately get the go ahead if it is appealed to An Bord Pleanála.

Letterkenny Town Council last week granted planning permission for the Blake Burke Ltd for development on the town lands of Scribley, Drumnahoagh, Oldtown and Gortlee, which would will see a substantial development on the south bank of the River Swilly.

The development includes 310 residential units, neighbourhood centre with a creche facility, four commercial or retail units, public open space, a temporary waste water treatment plant, pumping stations, a sub-station, a bus stop and associated cycle parking facilities and carparking.

Residents in Scribbely and Cullion Road as well as rival developer Carn Properties, which has been granted planning permission to develop in the area, objected to the plans.

Mr. Blake said the beginning of work on the new Letterkenny waste water treatment plant would help the application overcome any appeal to An Bord Pleanála.

“There are a number of objectors and I assume it is going to be appealed but I am fairly confident it will get through especially now the new sewerage treatment plant has started as that was one of the objections,” he said

He said the developed site is very close to the Letterkenny town centre and would open up and develop the town.

Despite the down turn in the property market and an over supply of residential property in the county he said he is still looking on the development positively.

“It is going to create a new south bank and it will be appealed but I am confident it will get through the appeals process but will probably take us to the end of the year. The market is fairly stagnant but we will review the situation when we get that planning but we are still positive about the whole process.”