ATHY is set to grow by another estate over the next year and a half after Kildare County Council granted permission for the construction of 99 new homes at Clonmullin and Galllowshill on the Geraldine Road.
The €20m project will be undertaken by Kilkenny firm Paddy Raggett Homes, and it will not be their first venture in Athy, as they also built the Cois Bhearu on the Monasterevin Road in 2006.
The breakdown of the new neighbourhood will consist of 20 apartments, 16 townhouses, 58 semi-detached and five detached houses, and will include a new entrance off Geraldine Road.
Raggetts were almost a whole year waiting for the decision, and twice had to provide further information to the Planning Department as submissions were received at the local authority from An Taisce, the Department of Arts and Heritage, Fáilte Ireland and the National Heritage Council.
However, after Raggetts revised and re-submiitted 34 sets of drawings, the planners at Devoy Buildings finally declared themselves satisfied this week.