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  • Tourist Equestrian Facility Refused Permission in County Kildare

    An Bord Pleanala have refused permission to demolish an abattoir and construct an Equestrian Tourism Facility in the grounds of Turnings House outside Straffan in County Kildare. The proposal involved an equestrian tourism building incorporating a language school for foreign students with overnight accommodation for up to 60 students and staff, along with 40 stables and associated equestrian works.

    This was a second attempt by the applicants who had previously been refused permission by the Board for reasons relating to flooding, assimilative capacity of a nearby river and unsustainable form of development at this location given the constraints of the surrounding area. An in-between application has been refused by the Council. The proposal also included road improvements, 28 car parking spaces, three coach parking spaces, construction of flood berms, and associated works.

    Kildare County Council refused permission on the grounds of the impact of Turnings House (Protected Structure) and the absence of the provision of appropriate lay-bys which would endanger traffic safety .

    There were 12 objections to the Council with a number of local TDs making observations on the appeal itself.
    The Boards Senior Inspector recommended a refusal on 3 grounds relating to flooding, potential impact of treated effluent of nearby river and uncertainty regarding the deliverability of road improvements to allow vehicles to pass.

    An Bord Pleanala ultimately refused permission for four reasons relating to 1) the location of the site in an isolated rural area, on unzoned and unserviced lands, outside the development boundary of any town or village, where the use of such lands is deemed to be primarily agricultural 2) flood risk to a substantial school/residential element that is vulnerable to flooding 3) the proposed discharge of treated effluent into the river cannot be accommodated without detrimental impact on the water quality status of the river and 4) the substantial earthworks required to protect the site from flooding.
    This decision highlights the difficulties in securing commercial development on unzoned lands in the countryside, particularly larger scale development, and the implications for sites that are subject to flooding even where an engineering solution appears to have been found.

    Published on February 18, 2014 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Important An Bord Pleanala Decisions, Rural Planning; Tagged as:
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