Planning approved for 28 social housing units in Tralee

Planning has been approved for 28 social housing units in Tralee.

Tralee Municipal District councillors previously approved the housing earlier this month.

However, due to an administration error which saw some submissions omitted, the councillors had to decide on the application for a second time.

All submissions were considered by Tralee Municipal District councillors this morning.

Several councillors highlighted the severity of the housing crisis before approving the planning.

There are currently over 1,900 people on the council housing waiting list who have selected Tralee town as an area of choice in which to live in.

This new development will have four one-bedroom apartments, 12 two-bed two-storey houses and 12 three-bed two-storey houses on a 1.14-hectare greenfield site between Connolly Park, Stack’s Villa’s and Scoil Eoin Balloonagh.

A petition from the residents of Connolly Park, Rockwell Close and Rock Park Avenue who don’t have an issue with the development but are concerned about the access road was among the submissions.

Other submissions related to traffic congestion as well as noise and dust pollution.

Senior Engineer Tom Sheehy says it is a condition of the planning permission that the Connolly Park junction with Rock Street will be upgraded before the development is occupied.