AN Bord Pleanála has upheld an appeal by the Slieve na mBan Meadows Residents Association and others against a Thurles Town Council decision granting permission for Michael Dwan of Ryan Architectural Solutions, Parkstown, Horse and Jockey, Thurles, to build a new house, and a new entrance to Slieve Na mBan Meadows.
The plans involved the subdivision of a property at 15 Sarsfield Street which presently contains a large rear garden adjoining Slieve na mBan Meadows and the construction of a dormer style dwelling facing Slieve na mBan on a site area of 625.6 sqm, along with the construction of a new 2.4m high boundary wall.
The Slieve na mBan Meadows Residents Association argued that the plans would represent “significant amenity loss, overlooking and reduction in privacy.”
The appeals board ruled in favour of the Residents on July 16, stating: “the proposed development, by reason of design, scale, orientation, overbearance and failure to integrate with the established housing on Slieve Na mBan, would seriously injure the residential amenities of adjoining properties.”
Also, “uncoordinated development of the kind proposed in this backland location with inadequate vehicular access would be premature pending the determination by the planning authority of an Action Area Plan/Site Master Plan for the subject site... The proposed development would set an undesirable precedent for adhoc development of these lands in the absence of coordinated vehicular links.”