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  • An Bord Pleanala has overturned the decision of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council to refuse permission for the construction of 71 dwellings.  The proposal involved the demolition 5 houses and stables/out building sand the construction of 71 dwellings on a site of 2.6 hectares at ‘Deerfield’, ‘Ancrum’ and ‘Grange Hill’, Harold’s Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin.  Part of the site already had permission for an apartment scheme (151 units).

    The Council refused permission for one reason “Having regard to the lack of continuation between the existing and proposed pedestrian footpath on Harold’s grange Road, the proposed development would endanger public safety (including pedestrian safety) by reason of a traffic hazard or obstruction of road users and is therefore contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area”.  The Council had previously requested the developer to reach an agreement with an adjoining landowner to provide a continuation of the footpath. Read the rest of this entry »

    Published on July 31, 2012 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Important An Bord Pleanala Decisions;
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  •  The Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government published a notice for Planning Expert on 25/07/2012.

    The contract is for the Appointment of a Planning Expert to carry out an Independent Evaluation of the Planning Review Report. This relates to the findings and recommendations of the planning review report which the Minister for Housing and Planning published on 12 June 2012.

    The planning expert is to be engaged to undertake a thematic evaluation of the planning review report and its associated proposed actions in order to support independently informed conclusions.

    Published on July 31, 2012 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Planning Notices;
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  • The Draft Meath County Development Plan 2013-2019 has been prepared and is on public display from Friday 25th May 2012 to Friday 3rd August 2012 inclusive.

    Written submissions or observations with respect to the Draft Development Plan and/or Environmental Report and/or Appropriate Assessment are invited from members of the public and other interested parties between Friday, 25th May 2012 and Friday, 3rd August 2012 inclusive.  Observations/Submissions must be received by 4.00pm on Friday, 3rd August 2012.

    Published on July 31, 2012 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Development Plan Notices;
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  • The public consultation will take place from 17th July 2012 to 4.00p.m on 3rd September 2012, inclusive. The proposed Local Area Plan and Environmental Reports can be viewed on the Council’s website at and can also be viewed at County Library and County Hall, Tallaght, and at the Civic Offices, Clondalkin, during normal opening hours [excluding public holidays].

    Submissions and observations on the proposed Local Area Plan and the

    Environmental Report can be made in writing only to the addresses below from 17th July 2012 to 4.00p.m. 3rd September 2012.

    Published on July 31, 2012 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Development Plan Notices;
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  • A question has arisen as to whether the use of a portion of the overall premises for ancillary purposes, comprising multi-purpose display, reception, storage and sale activities at Unit W1E, Tougher’s Business Park, Ladytown, Naas, County Kildare is or is not development or is or is not exempted development.

    The applicant stated that the principal use of this overall premises is for finishing, cutting, adapting for sale and packing of meat which is then sold, on a bulk basis, to third parties principally restaurateurs and other factories. Large scale quantities of meat are brought into this facility and the owner undertakes portion-control and an element of treatment before selling on produce to third parties.

    The main operational area of the premises is laid out in an open-plan manner, to which access is restricted. There is a small area, to the front and this area, is separated from the operational area, so as to facilitate its use as a public trade counter. This area is also used for displaying meat, particularly with shorter sell-by-dates due to cancellations by restaurateurs, butchers outlets and other factories. The products are stored also used for charitable organisations.

    It was contended by the applicant that a change of use can occur which is not substantial or material. This was backed up by reference to case law. Read the rest of this entry »

    Published on July 31, 2012 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Important An Bord Pleanala Decisions, Retail Planning;
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