An artist’s impression of how the new business park at Colpe will look.
A major new development launched yesterday will include two new roads, a business park, and 350 new homes at Colpe on the southern approach to Drogheda.
The spine of the development will be a new road running more or less parallel to the Mill Road opening up a huge swathe of land for the business park, footpaths and cycle lanes and 350 new homes for the area.
Phil Reilly, the Managing Director of Shannon Homes, told Drogheda Life that the project was a very big development that has been a long time in the making.
“We now have a ten year permission to build a road from Colpe Bridge and also for a 120,000 square foot office block/commercial development. When it’s completed it will finish off the eastern corner of Drogheda” he said.
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“We also have an application in for 350 new homes and we’re hoping for a positive decision on that before Christmas” he added.
The new road will run behind Gaelscoil an Bhradain Feasa and eventually join with the Marsh Road on the Drogheda side of the Drogheda Grammar School/ Le Cheile Educate Together National School campus.
There is provision in the plans for a temporary home for the new Educate Together secondary school and also that the permanent school will be built in the area although that has not as yet been confirmed as yet.
Under the plan there will also be another road running west to McBride Railway station where a new car park and footbridge will be provided for people to access the rail network.
East Meath Fianna Fail Councillor Stephen McKee, who was at yesterday’s launch, said he was delighted at the prospect of the new road which he said would help alleviate the traffic problems in the area. He also welcomed the fact that new jobs would be created in the new business park.
“This is a big project for the area and I have been working with Shannon Homes and Meath County Council to advance it” he said.
“This project has huge potential to improve the quality of life of local residents and offer new job opportunities and I will continue to lobby for it to be completed as soon as possible and for footpaths to be extended down to Donacarney to link the whole area up.”