Plans for close to 200 houses and one solar farm were received by the planning department of Clare County Council in the week before Christmas. The planning section of Clare County Council had one of its busiest weeks in recent years at the end of the December with a massive upsurge in the number of planning applications submitted – mostly during a hectic four day period between December 18 and 21.
These planning applications include a number of large scale projects with almost 80 houses planned in two separate Ennis developments and 43 houses planned for Crusheen.
Despite some growth in recent month, the number of house being built in the Ennis area in particular is still far below the level of demand.
As of yesterday, January 1, there were only 95 houses or apartments for sale in Ennis and the surrounding area. Of these only 79 were family style properties with three or more bedrooms.
The largest single development will see 51 houses built at Loughville on the Lahinch Road by Callanan and Walsh Construction Ltd. This development will include two two-bedroom detached houses, one three-bedroom house, 42 three-bedroom semi-detached houses and six four-bedroom semi-detached houses. In a separate application, Callanan and Walsh Construction have also applied for planning permission for three five-bedroom detached houses, also at Loughvella.
In Crusheen, Woodhaven Development Ltd have applied for planning permission to build 40 two-story houses and three single-story houses. It is not clear as yet if the houses are detached or semi-detached.
Datcha Construction Ltd have also applied to construct 25 houses at Cluain Ros Leamhan at Roslevan in Ennis. The plans refer to terraced houses of four different types.
A decision on all of these applications is expected in late February of 2018.
Meanwhile, Engie Development Ireland Ltd has just lodged planning permission for the construction of a solar farm at Ballaghafaddy West in Clarecastle.
The plans for 33 hectare site include the construction of an electrical control building and the construction of a number of PV solar arrays mounted on metal frames.
A number of solar farms have been granted planning permission in Clare over the past 18 months with successful applications made for farm land in Cratloe, Ennistymon, Kilkee and Sixmilebridge.

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