Residents of two Cootehill housing estates have welcomed the result of a vote that halted a social housing development in the town.
Yesterday, members of the Bailieborough-Cootehill MD passed a motion not to progress with Part VIII planning for 28 houses.
Cavan County Council announced its intention for the development at Tullygarvey in August, with a decision by elected members delayed by meetings with the council executive and local residents.
Members voted five to one in favour of not going forward with the development because of ongoing issues with local residents of adjoining estates.
Sinn Fein’s Paddy McDonald proposed an amended plan for 24 houses, but failed to get a seconder.
Fianna Fáil Councillor Aiden Fitzpatrick said he’s still committed to bringing housing to Cootehill, but resolutions couldn’t be met to have it at the proposed location.
At the meeting, Director of Services Eoin Doyle said the executive wouldn’t have proposed the plan if they didn’t think it was feasible, but will respect the wishes of the councillors and seek alternative sites.
In a statement to Northern Sound News, the Residents Association of Drumlin Drive and Drumlin View said they welcomed the outcome of the vote and appreciated councillors’ understanding of their concerns regarding the plans.
They said the concerns at all times related to the road entrance and exit of the proposed development, but they appreciate the ongoing need for housing nationwide and the challenge facing councils and elected representatives in this regard.