Kerry County Council is to develop 21 houses for the elderly and people with special needs at Killeen, Tralee despite objections.
Tralee Town Council had plans 10 years ago to build 26 houses at the site; the revised plans have now gone through a public consultation process and are to proceed to development after being brought before a meeting of Tralee Municipal District.
Kerry County Council is to construct 21 single storey dwellings for the elderly and people special needs in a mix of one, two, and three bedroom semi-detached and detached units.
The three-acre site fronts onto the Killeen Road, Tralee opposite NaGaeil GAA field, and consists of woodland and open meadow, which the council says is currently in a relatively uncared for state.
A public consultation process resulted in submissions from local residents, including the Old Killeen Road Residential Association and the Bateman Green Management Co, as well as the Shanakill Family Resource Centre.
They raised concerns about the proposed development being on a green area with mature trees, and feel there’s a lack of open space and recreational areas in the Killeen area.
Other claims are that it would further increase traffic; that there’s already a lack of facilities for the elderly, and that the area has a lot of social housing and this would lead to oversaturation.
The council says the scheme will incorporate the existing mature trees, and it’ll retain a portion of woodland which will form part of an open space for occupants and the community.
The Tralee Peoples Bus will stop at the development, and the council will engage with the HSE about residents being picked up and brought to local day care centres.