Plans for major housing development in Cavan Town

Erne Building Solutions Ltd, a Lisnaskea based company, has applied for planning permission

Plans for a major new housing development in Cavan Town have been lodged with the County Council.

Twenty-five units in total, made up of houses and apartments, are planned for the Swellan Lower area.

Erne Building Solutions Ltd, a Lisnaskea based company, has applied for planning permission for the site, located to the south east of the Beeches and Elms estates.

It hopes to build 14 semi-detached houses, a total of 10 apartments in three separate two-storey blocks and one detached two-storey house. Also included are the associated sites works and connections to services.

In its application, the company says the plans include five different housing types in a bid to appeal to differing tastes. All units, including the apartments, will have a private outdoor space. This will range from a garden for houses and ground floor apartments to a balcony for higher apartment units.

Previous plans for 26 housing units were lodged in 2019 but were subsequently withdrawn. The applicant says the designs for the site have been “completely redrawn”.

A report, compiled by Keys and Monaghan Architects on behalf of the applicant, says the new homes would be accessed using the existing entrance to the Beeches and Elms estates off the Glenside Road.

The planned site has lain derelict for a number of years and is currently fenced off from the neighbouring houses. Work had already begun on houses on the site under a previous planning permission but was never completed. Concrete has been poured for four houses.

The site in question has been earmarked for a number of major housing developments over the last two decades.

The earliest application, in March 2001, saw permission granted for 22 new homes. March 2003 saw permission for 23 homes, while November 2007 saw 14 townhouses and 12 apartments approved for the site.

The most recent application, lodged in November 2019, saw plans for 20 apartments and 12 houses of various styles. However, this application was withdrawn the following year.

A decision is due by March 22.