Official Sod Turning of the Farganstown Access Road Project


Official Sod Turning of the Farganstown Access Road Project

Official Photo of Sod Turning

The Cathaoirleach of Meath County Council, Councillor Wayne Harding and Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Damien English turned the sod to officially mark the construction on the €8.4 million Farganstown Access Road today, Monday, October 21st.

The construction of the access road will open up 91 hectares of land for development, 11.6 hectares of which is in the ownership of Meath County Council. Once the road is in place in two years’ time, the first phase of development will see 445 homes being provided, with a good mix of social, affordable and private homes in the overall numbers. In time, there is potential to deliver up to 1,600 new homes in the area in subsequent phases.

The delivery of this access road is a key objective of the Navan Development Plan. The road will run from the junction of the R153/Metges Road to access zoned land between the Kentstown Road and Navan – Drogheda Rail Line.  The Council’s master plan will see the area becoming a strategic employment zone for high value jobs and will support the creation of a ‘live-work’ community in Navan.

The road itself, which will total 1.22km, has been designed to the highest standard and will include a number of junctions, footpaths, cycle-tracks, bus stops, public lighting, service ducts, water and waste water services, with additional boundary treatment, and landscaping works, as part of the overall project.

Minister English said ‘It is a pleasure to mark the official commencement of work on the Farganstown Access Road as part of Government’s Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF).’

‘On days like these we get a real sense of the work and commitment needed between my Department, Meath County Council and developers to deliver the necessary essential infrastructure that will significantly increase the supply of much needed housing for Navan and the county.’

‘The delivery of this LIHAF project under the Rebuilding Ireland Programme will support future social and private homes, as well as commercial development, in Farganstown and surrounding areas.’

Meath County Council Chief Executive Jackie Maguire added, ‘The area has the potential to help realise a number of objectives for Navan by providing a ‘live-work’ community in terms of sustainable development, sustainable communities, better quality of life, enhanced local services reduced commuting, less carbon emissions and climate action mitigation and adaptation.’

The funding for the road project represents an investment of €8.4 million for Navan.  It includes a contribution of just over 50% from the Department’s LIHAF Programme, a further contribution from Irish Water and a significant investment from Albert Developments Ltd. and Meath County Council.

An Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Wayne Harding added, ‘I want to thank all of the parties involved in getting this project to the construction phase, including Meath County Council, the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, Irish Water and Albert Development Ltd. This has taken time and great effort but it is a great development for Navan and the wider community’.