AN Bord Pleanala has refused planning permission for a traditional farm park in Terryglass. The permission had been sought by Mairead and Brendan Tierney, owners of Paddys Bar in the former National Tidy Towns winner.
he proposed development, Terryglass Traditional Farm Park, was to have consisted of a two-storey hostel, dormer style craft studio, single storey events centre incorporating reception / farm shop, office and multipurpose events facility, single storey thatch cottage incorporating laundry, shower, toilets and changing facilities, single storey traditional farmhouse incorporating workshops, classroom and kitchen, animal barn, hay barn incorporating covered all weather play area, forge, bike store, camping and motorhome paddock, biodiversity paddock, ESB substation, animal paddocks, gardens, playground, picnic area, bandstand, river walkway, modified entrance from public road, access roadways, car park, connection to existing foul sewer and watermain, rainwater harvesting, storm water attenuation, landscaped areas together with associated ancillary siteworks at Cornamult, Terryglass.
In its report, Bord Pleanala said it had refused permission o the basis that the proposed development is in an archaeologically sensitive area and partially within the confines of Recorded Monument TN006:003 (Town), which is subject to statutory protection in the Record of Monuments and Places, established under Section 12 of the National Monuments (Amendment) Act 1994. This historic town is also identified as a Zone of Archaeological Potential in the Urban Archaeological Survey of County Tipperary.
Having regard to the uncertainties regarding exact boundaries of the Recorded monument and the extent of the related settlement outside the boundaries, and in the absence of design details and specifications for services and other works, the Board is not satisfied, that the proposed development would not injure or interfere with archaeological material associated with a historic monument which stands registered in the Register of Historic Monuments under Section 12 of the National Monuments (Amendment) Act, 1994, and would not interfere with other possible features of significant archaeological interests, the disturbance / removal of which would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development, said the board’s report.
The decision to refuse also stated that, having regard to the poor drainage characteristics of the site, and in the absence of details for surface water disposal and appropriate mitigation measures to address risk of contaminated water discharge on to the adjoining stream, the board is not satisfied that the proposed development would not give rise to pollution of the adjacent stream and would not adversely affect the integrity of Lough Derg, North-east shore Special Area of Conservation (Site Code number 002241) to which the stream provides a pathway in view of the site’s conservation objectives.