Major new plan to build 245 homes on the Dublin Road

Andrews Construction have applied to Westmeath County Council for permission to build a large-scale residential development, consisting of 245 homes, on just over 24 acres of land at Petitswood, on the Dublin Road, Mullingar.

There will be two access points, from the Dublin Road and the Ardmore Road, to the planned development, which consists of 70 four-bedroom, semi-detached houses, all at two-storey height with attic accommodation; 132 three-bedroom houses including terraced, semi-detached and detached, again all at two-storey height; eight two-bedroom duplex units in four three-storey corner units; and one four-storey apartment block with 14 one-bedroom units; 15 two-bedroom apartment units; and six three-bedroom apartment units, with roof mounted solar panels.

The proposed development will also provide a two-storey crèche and childcare facility, as well as 442 car parking spaces across the entire site, including residential, visitor and accessibility parking, and dedicated parking for the crèche and apartment block.

There are also 550 bicycle parking spaces included in the plans, and just over four acres of communal open space, including private gardens and amenity areas, which will incorporate a ‘biodiversity corridor’ via shared communal open spaces.

Andrews Construction applied to the council for all associated hard and soft-landscaping, boundary treatments, roads, footpaths, cycle lanes, bin storage, and three ESB sub-stations, as well as all other ancillary works above and below ground.

The application was made on Thursday June 27 and a decision is due on August 21 next.

Andrew Construction, based in Mullingar Business Park, Clonmore, state that the proposed development represents a ‘plan-led’ development in accordance with land use zoning, housing supply objectives and development management standards contained within the relevant development plans including the Westmeath County Development Plan 2021-2027 and the Mullingar Local Area Plan 2014-2020 and taking particular note of the Ardmore Marlinstown Framework Plan.

“We submit that the proposed large residential development of 245 units, a crèche and childcare facility is in accordance and consistent with national, regional and local planning policy frameworks, and represents the most sustainable use of under-utilised urban lands and delivers at an appropriate density, cognisant of its neighbouring residential occupiers and patterns of development locally,” the developer stated on a website where details for the proposal are published.

“The proposed development represents the suitable use of residential zoned lands in this area of Mullingar, which is in close proximity to local employment, education, and amenity services.

“It is respectfully contended that the proposed development is following the preferred approach for the development of Mullingar as a Key Town identified within the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy, and complies with the provisions and goals of the Ardmore/ Marlinstown Development Framework.”