By Eoin Kelleher
AN BORD Pleanala has overturned a decision of Templemore Town Council, giving the go-ahead for 13 houses at Kiltillane.
Templemore Properties Ltd. successfully appealed against a ruling made by the Town Council refusing permission for the construction of one 3-bed bungalow, three 4-bed bungalows, five 4-bed two storey detached houses and four 4-bed two storey semi detached houses.
The site is within the town boundary of Templemore, located about 600m to the south east of the town centre. The site covers about 1.23ha, and is close to the railway line. The decision to give the all-clear was made on February 24th. The Town Council planning department had initially rejected the development due to flooding risks, non compliance with various planning and development codes, and “particularly the requirement for a sequential approach to the development of lands and inadequate open space provision.”
An Inspector’s report by An Bord Pleanala addressed these concerns. “I consider that if permitted, the development will be acceptable in terms of traffic and services,” stated the Inspector.
“I further consider that the development, if permitted will not represent so significant a flood risk as to warrant refusal, and consider that the mitigation measures proposed in the submitted Flood Risk Assessment are acceptable in this regard.
“I further consider that the proposed development accords with the requirements of the Templemore Town Development Plan as it relates to the provision of open space, car parking, overlooking and overshadowing as well as the proposed density and plot ratio.
“In terms of the Planning Authority’s decision to refuse planning permission, I accept that the preparation of a Core Strategy in accordance with the requirements of Section 7 of the Planning & Development (Amendment) Act, 2010, would, and will, be most welcome, but I consider it unreasonable to refuse permission for a development which accords with the zoning objectives and development control standards of the plan, on this issue.”
The Inspector attached 18 conditions to the development.