Athlone’s largest residential scheme could begin this year

What would be Athlone's largest ever housing project could progress to site by the second half of the year, Westmeath County Council has indicated.

The news comes after it was revealed in recent weeks that a second party has come on board with builders Alanna Homes to potentially move it forward.

Last year, the entire development was thrown into major doubt following the appointing of receivers to Roadbridge Holdings, who were part of the original Alanna-Roadbridge joint venture, which was granted planning permission by An Bord Pleanála in June of 2021, for the project, as part of the Strategic Housing Development process, along with a link road from the Ballymahon Road to Garrycastle.

The residential development is earmarked for a 17.6 hectare site alongside the existing Brawny housing estate.

It would see the construction of 285 houses and 291 apartments and duplexes, to be built in phases over a number of years, in what would be the largest-ever housing project in Athlone.