Housing boom in Rathfriland?

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

PLANS have been lodged for 20 more houses to be built in Rathfriland on the last remaining green field site in that part of town.

The planning application for the extension to the Carn Valley development comes on the back of several new housing developments in the town, prompting the question is the town having a housing boom?

In addition to these proposed 20 new homes, houses in The Slopes development on John Street have recommenced construction, nine homes are being built on the Loughbrickland Road and a further three new homes are nearing completion in the Ashleigh Grove housing estate off the Loughbrickland Road.

UUP Alderman Elizabeth Ingram hopes these new homes will in turn benefit local businesses.

"It is good for the town and good for business in the town and I would welcome the uptake in the number of houses that are currently on the housing market in Rathfriland.

"I hope that the businesses in the town will see the benefit of it," said Alderman Ingram.

This latest planning application is for a housing development at Carn Valley off the Hilltown Road, on the outskirts of town, and was lodged with planners last month.

The site, just under one hectare in size, is at the junction of the Castlewellan Road and Hilltown Road. It's envisaged there would be a maximum of 20 homes, which the applicant says would "be in keeping with the density of the existing Carn Valley estate". They are expected to be detached and semi-detached dwellings.

The applicant proposes that access will be by an existing road feeding Carn Valley, between numbers nine and 11.

It is also proposed to provide a new footpath to the east side of the Hilltown Road as there is none at that location.

The applicant says the houses' design is "in keeping with the density of the existing Carn Valley estate" which currently consists of 66 houses.

This farmland site is "the last remaining green field site in this area of Rathfriland".

In a supporting statement, they remarked there is existing water main, telephone and electrical connections with the pumping station designed to take up to 100 houses. The application states that even with the existing Carn Valley homes there is "sufficient capacity to cater for the proposed development".

They added that the ground is "not prone to flooding", has "no archaeological features " and that the "addition of 20 houses would not have an adverse impact with regard to noise or air quality".

The plans will now be considered by planners on Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council who will either recommend them for approval or refusal.


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