Outdated traffic survey may cause mayhem in new planned Rush developments

By Ciara Tyrrell

Along the main street of Rush Village, a planning permission application has been stuck to the derelict houses that most Rush residents have had to endure for most of their lives.

The planning permission, which was registered on the 30th of August by the applicant Rushbury Properties Ltd., has proposed to develop a “commercial development of 2,561 square metres” which will, in turn, result in the demolition of the vacant properties along the town’s main street. The properties that are to be demolished are the rear part of numbers 10, 12, 14a, and 16 Upper Main Street Rush.

Rush Main Street derelict buildings. Photo Credit Ciara Tyrrell.

While the build-up of Rush main street sounds exciting let’s not get ahead of ourselves as there seems to be a few obstacles that need to be addressed before the derelict houses come crashing down.

Rush Community Council’s Planning Committee made several observations about the planned development.

The community council does support the development of the site in Rush Main Street mainly because “the site has been an eye sore on the Main Street of Rush for the past 12 years”. However, the developer has “allowed the site to remain in poor condition and shown little regard to the town and people of rush”.

Therefore the Rush Community Council has these points to add about the development of the property.

The main issue facing the development on Upper Main Street Rush is the planning done for the traffic in the town, or the lack thereof. The Traffic Survey that the development is to be based upon is outdated, the original survey itself was “dated January 2012” and the survey is dated from the 5th of December 2011; the survey was conducted by Barrett Mahony and Dr. Martin Rogers.

The Traffic survey which is nearly 10 years old “does not give a true reflection of the existing traffic volumes” on Rush Main Street and the Rush Community Council has requested a “new traffic survey” to be undertaken “as soon as possible”.

The traffic exiting the new development should consider a “no right turn to help the traffic flow” and the bus stop should be set back from the road “to allow traffic to continue to flow while the bus is picking up or dropping off commuters” according to the Rush Community Council.

The first block, measuring at 2,808 square metres, is planned to include a single storey supermarket, which has been long rumoured to be an Aldi store, and the unit will include “a subsidiary licensed area which will be used for the display and sale of intoxicating liquor, including wines, beers, and spirits for consumption”

The second block, measuring at 672 square metres, is planned to include “raising ridge height” of numbers 18 and 20 Upper Main Street and will change the use of the 2 number two storey residential dwellings with “new and internal modifications to create a new commercial block with two storey extension” to the rear to create 4 commercial units.

The units in the second block are to include a restaurant on the first floor and signs of 2.5 square metres with 113 square metres circulation, ancillary and restaurant terrace unit 3 at 247 square metres, and a new post office retail unit of 124 square metres on the ground level with signage at the ground floor measuring 5.0 square metres.

There is to be a change of use also to the single-storey thatched cottage measuring 34 square metres that is in need of repair. This thatched cottage is a protected structure and is to be a “public exhibit hall.

The development will also consist of an ESB substation and a car park that can hold “133 cars and 26 bicycle spaces.

The Rush Community Council have also requested that the development should be set back from the existing Main Street “to allow a turning lane into the development” and that the car parking “should be open 24/7 to help traffic flow on the Main Street and replace the removal of parking spaces from some areas of the Main Street.

Also, if the development doesn’t begin within 12 months of the approval of the planning permission, the Rush Community Council have asked for the developer to “clean the site and allow car parking until the development takes place” due to the “poor track record of this site and the developer”.

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