Councillor Deirdre O'Brien with concerned residents in Beechfield, Fermoy.

Residents of Beechfield Estate in Fermoy are not at all happy with plans to build houses in the green area of their estate and say they are adamant that the proposed houses will not be built.

Preliminary draft proposals for further housing at the estate were shown to the elected members at a special meeting recently.

Cllr Deirdre O’Brien said the residents she has met with are adamant that no houses are to be built in the green area of the estate, as they believe it should be kept for amenity purposes. Those living in the estate have protested and signed petitions against similar proposed developments in the past.

“They are again willing to fight for their green areas to be preserved. They do not want to live in a concrete jungle. They want to protect the entry of natural light and be able to look out their windows and admire the beautiful mature trees that surround them.

“This is a long established estate, with many of the residents living there since the beginning and it would be absolutely catastrophic, the upheaval this would bring upon them,” said Cllr O’Brien.

Residents are planning to start a new petition against the proposed housing development and are looking for the backing of their elected representatives.