Proximity to the city and accessibility via several roads, within an easy six mile drive from Blackpool most typically via the Old Mallow Road, had driven Whitechurch’s ordered development to date. Now, with market recovery and demand for new builds, it’s entering another phase of home building, with confidence shown by the level of interest in two sites, with scope between them for up to, or over, 250 more new builds.
One site, of over 10.25 acres is called Castle Court and was previously acquired by John Barry’s Castlelands Construction. It has a lapsed planning for 88 homes, with 13 built already and 75 sites left undeveloped.
Estate agent Liam Mullins guides Castle Court at €1.5m, which equates to circa €20,000 per house ‘stand’ for what’s likely to be built now under any new grant of planning.
Castle Court to-date is mostly a mix of detached and semi-detacheds, several roads are already serving the existing occupied homes, as are services, lighting etc, and it’s right within the compact village, which saw considerable new development, much of it upmarket and to high design standards, in the early 2000s.
According to Mr Mulins, he has very recently sold an occupied detached four-bed here of 2,090 sq ft for €410,000, and a three-bed 1,200 sq ft semi-detached at €300,000.
Left as a positive legacy of Whitechurch’s early/mid 2000s development, and construction levies, is the suite of sports facilities on hand. Just out the School Road is the modern St Patrick’s national school, founded in 1949 and now in a new purpose-built building. It’s next door to a community centre, with adjacent GAA club, astroturf pitches, four tennis courts, extensive playground, and there’s a health-promoting, publicly lit safe 3.5kms walking loop out from the villag and around the sports fields. Separately, closer to the village, is the soccer club, Rockmount’s pitches.
Along with the balance of the Castle Court estate, Liam Mullins is also selling the larger holding of 26 zoned acres in two fields of just cropped barley at Ballinvarrig, Whitechurch, with frontage onto two approach roads to the village, and right next door to existing, well-delivered residential developments.
It has a lapsed planning for 200 builds, and is relatively level sandstone land, easily draining. Mr Mullins guides it at €30,000 per acre, or c €780,000.
The two sites, worth in excess of €2.25m between them, are available individually, via private treaty.
: Liam Mullins & Associates 022-21400