Pub brawl: Locals to battle Waterford Council over plans for 45 apartments on site of burnt-out bar in Ballybeg
A local community is set for a battle with Waterford City and County Council over plan to build a four-storey 45 apartment development on the site of derelict burnt-out pub.
Last month the local authority granted permission to Dalira Ltd to build the new housing and retail development at the site of Ryan’s bar in the centre of Ballybeg.
The derelict pub had fallen into ruin since it was destroyed in a blaze almost a decade ago. Waterford council gave the go ahead to demolish the building and replace it with badly needed new housing.
But now local residents have raised their concerns bout the high-density project and have cited failures in similar projects around Waterford City as an example of why it should not go ahead. The community is looking for lower density housing to be built instead.
The Brill Family Resource Centre, formerly Ballybeg Community Development Project and located right in the heart of the community has made a submission to Waterford City and County Council planners objecting to the development and raising the concerns of people in the community.
This submission has been supported by the local People Before Profit party. General Election candidate Úna Dunphy says the development “ignores the concerns of residents.”
“The proposal to build a forty-five unit high-rise apartment block at the vacant site of a former public house in Ballybeg is unsuitable, and ignores the concerns of residents on the impact it will have on the Estate.
“People Before Profit in Waterford has supported the submission to An Bord Pleanála by the Brill Family Resource Centre which provides a comprehensive analysis of the negative effects of what is proposed.
“Ballybeg and similar estates were the product of a type of residential planning much loved by planners who would never have to live there.
“This type of very large estate on the outskirts of towns, lacking in basic facilities, such as a post office, a Doctor’s clinic, public house etc, has long been considered to be poor planning. Examples of this type of apartment block in other areas of the city do not generate enthusiasm to repeat this kind of development in Ballybeg.
“Over the last 40 years residents, despite neglect and the lack of resources, fought hard to turn Ballybeg into a viable community, where people today are proud to live and call home. People Before Profit are calling for a house building program, but it must be of high quality and infill housing on estates must enhance the location, the area and the community.
“This proposed development must be rethought. Full and meaningful consultation with residents is essential, design and planning must be of the highest standard and must blend with the estate as a whole. The estate will have to cater for an influx of new residents, and sufficient facilities for this next generation must feature in any future development,” Ms Dunphy concluded.