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Local submission ‘may delay’ Tulla social housing

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A planned delivery of 22 social housing units in Tulla is facing a potential delay.

One local community group in Tulla has sent a submission to An Bord Pleanála which a senior official within Clare County Council has revealed may delay the project.

An update on the scheme was sought by Cllr Pat Hayes (FF) at a meeting of the Killaloe Municipal District on Wednesday. He detailed that a submission had been made by a local group and he questioned what timeframe the scheme was now at.

No revised dates on the delivery of the scheme which was originally due to commence construction in mid 2020 were provided.

“It’s following process,” Director of Service Anne Haugh confirmed. “The reason for the delay is because of the submission made to An Bord Pleanála which sought clarification on whether an environmental impact report was required”.

Clare County Council conducted a screening report of the area which An Bord Pleanála are now looking for a copy of. “The screening report indicated a full environmental report was not required. We have to wait for a response from An Bord Pleanála before we come back to you,” Haugh added.

Cathaoirleach of the Killaloe MD, Cllr Pat Burke (FG) queried, “It may or may not hold up the project” to which the Director responded, “It may”.

Cllr Hayes pointed out that it is due to be on the agenda for the February meeting of the local authority. “My opinion is that we need to know in advance what An Bord Pleanála’s views are before making a decision”.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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