Maynooth locals are opposed to the development of high-rise apartment towers a stone’s throw from the city’s train station.
The development proposed by Glenveagh Homes is a combination of residential and commercial units. A total of 183 apartments have been proposed including a combination of studio, one bed, two beds and three beds.
These will be built in a range of three to nine apartment blocks on one site on Parsons Street.
Aside from the student housing blocks on the Maynooth University campus, there are currently no high-rise apartment towers in the city, and the majority of Maynooth’s residential scene consists of three- and four-bedroom houses.
Various objections to the development were made to Kildare County Council.
One objection stated: “The scale, mass and volume of the proposal is completely at odds with the established built form of Maynooth and the general character of the city.”
Another objection from a resident said: “With more than 96% of the 1/2 bedroom apartments, which will predominantly serve a transient population” and that the proposed development “lacks respect, respect and sensitivity for the Local Heritage of the Town”.
In a presentation to Kildare County Council, Fine Gael TD of Kildare North Bernard Durkan said: “While every effort should be made to provide urgently needed housing in both the public and private sectors, it is It is essential that the quality of such proposals guarantee the quality of life for new and existing residence “.
According to local councilor Angela Feeney, the proposal is in “the further information stage.”
She told Dublin Live: “On May 20, the required detailed additional information was posted online showing 40 requests for additional information. The response to these 40 requests for additional information from the council must be submitted by the developer within 6 months, so by November a decision will be made. “
A Glenveagh Homes spokesperson told Dublin Live that they “do not comment on the planning applications that are in the works.”