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Developer Must Pay €500,000 To Westmeath County Council Before Building 62 New Houses

Conditional planning permission has been granted for the project in Athlone.

62 new homes are on the way in Athlone, on condition the developer pays out €500,000 to Westmeath County Council.

The plans had received seven submissions, including from local residents concerned about the density of the project and intrusion on their own properties.

Blue Ridge Developments Limited has been granted permission to build 28 semi-detached houses, 22 terraced houses and 12 own-door apartments on the Coosan Link Road in Clonbrusk, Athlone.

However, they must adhere to 22 stipulations laid out by Westmeath County Council.

They include providing opaque glazing on windows on the first and second floors of one of the apartment blocks to prevent overlooking, and providing electric charging points with at least 10% of the site's car parking spaces.

The developer is also obligated to make a number of financial contributions to the local authority.

They come in the form of a cash deposit of €372,000 to ensure the estate is satisfactorily completed - almost €41,000 towards public infrastructure, like lighting and pedestrian walkways and over €84,000 in accordance with the Council's Development Contribution Scheme.

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