Keep Ganavan Green – 6.5.21

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Friends of Ganavan (FoG) is committed to protecting the green spaces at Ganavan to ensure the area is retained for the health, wellbeing and enjoyment of everyone.

Road access to and across the green spaces at Ganavan to the proposed housing development on the council’s Potential Development Area Plan is contentious and will cost the taxpayer millions of pounds.

It is not just the housing with all its permanent concrete that will destroy Ganavan’s ‘green’ hinterland but the major permanent infrastructure of roads and associated business development.

FoG sees this as a complete waste of taxpayers’ money when there are alternative sites for housing in the vicinity which already have associated services and infrastructure within reach. Councillors and council officials have formally stated the road access to any housing development in the area would be via the new road infrastructure at the Halfway House. This is shown clearly on Map 176 in the council’s Local Plan 2. This tarmac road and associated infrastructure will destroy ancient peat bogs with their unique ecology and carbon capture.

Any developer’s preferred option would be road access from the Ganavan Road, built in 1903, and not fit for purpose today. Even with improvements it would not meet acceptable standards and would not accommodate the massive increase in traffic to service additional housing at Ganavan.

Question: If you had a house at Ganavan, would you travel all the way to the Halfway House for access over the hill to your property?

FoG thinks the answer is no, and that access will be taken from the Ganavan car park in addition to the proposed road from the Halfway House. This would create a ‘rat run’.

The council’s Master Plan for Dunbeg to Ganavan CAN and SHOULD be changed to remove the Potential Development Area at Ganavan. The Master Plan is not binding and our councillors and council officials need to take notice of what the people have said through the FoG community survey and alter these plans accordingly.

Housing development and road infrastructure will destroy Ganavan permanently – bricks, concrete and tarmac replacing the valuable green space, including the surrounding hills is FOREVER. Development will deprive everyone and all our future generations of much needed open and accessible outdoor space.

Do our current councillors and planning officials really want this to be their legacy?