I went to have a look today at the site proposed for the 46 new homes and it is clear that the entrance to the site is on a very sharp bend coming into town and is somewhat hidden by a canopy of tree branches which makes the road dark even in bright daylight. This is very likely to become an accident black spot. I know this area well and cars often drive into town from the countryside at a speed.
Both the fire station and the police station require clear access in and out of town. This would be greatly affected by builder traffic as well as traffic from new residents.
Also, I have witnessed how the drains leading down from the field in question become easily blocked once there is medium to heavy rain. The Louth Leader article mentions underground springs on the site 'which has a downward gradient towards Eastfield Road'.
The canal flooded in 2007 and effected quite a number of homes along it. It is unfair to create future problems for existing residents by concreting the arable field proposed for the development.