Locals express concern over plans for iconic ‘Lord Mayor’ site

by Sylvia Pownall

There are plans to build 172 apartments on the site of the former Lord Mayor’s pub in Swords.

The iconic thatched roof structure, which ceased trading as a licenced premises last year, will be demolished under a proposal submitted by a firm called Jacko Investments Ltd.

A site planning notice indicates Jacko Investments’ intention to apply directly to An Bord Pleanala for permission for a “strategic housing development” at the prime Main Street corner site.

It is proposing to build 172 apartments in four blocks – some as high as seven storeys – with three communal amenity spaces, a communal gym, and a ground floor courtyard.

The mix of accommodation includes four three-bed units, 101 two-beds and 67 one-beds, with 132 parking spaces in an underground car park.

Plans include the provision of two commercial units, a creche and a cafe at ground floor level.

Locals have expressed concern over the density of the development on a corner site where access is already an issue, predicting traffic chaos at the Well Road junction with Main Street.

Reacting on social media, one resident hit out at the loss of the 350-year-old building, while others predicted more apartments would turn Swords into a “concrete jungle”.

Another resident also took issue with the development firm’s name, which is taken from the nickname for the Ward River, which is affectionately known locally as ‘The Jacko’.

They fumed: “Traffic is bad enough trying to get out. And naming it Jacko Developments … that’s an insult to the people of Swords. The Jacko is part of Swords and the Swords people, not to be used as a development ploy.”

The website for the proposed development – mainstreetswordsshd.com – is now live and includes planning drawings.

Additional information was sought, and supplied, regarding drainage and flood risk.

Submissions and objections can be lodged with An Bord Pleanala within five weeks of the application being made.

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