Friday 24 November 2017

Sports Wexford refused leave to appeal on large residential development at Coolcotts Lane

By Amy Lewis

An Bord Pleanala offices.
An Bord Pleanala offices.

An Bord Pleanala have refused an appeal on the planned construction of a large residential development and crèche at Coolcotts Lane.

On February 16, Sports Wexford Ltd appealed the granting of planning permission to Minetta Ltd for the construction of 153 residential units, a crèche and all associated works on lands at Coolcotts Lane. However, following a meeting of An Bord Pleanala on March 11, the application for leave to appeal was refused. The final decision report acknowledged that the development will differ materially from the development as set out in the planning permission application by reason of condition number one imposed by the planning authority to which the grant is subject. However, it went on to say that it has not been shown that the imposition of this condition will materially affect the applicant's enjoyment of the adjacent land or reduce its value. As a result, the application for leave to appeal was refused and this decision was signed in on March 14.

Meanwhile, a separate appeal was lodged by Catherine O'Connor and others on February 12. Observations made in their submissions included no proper boundary treatment; layout and house design not in keeping with existing estates; local road network is substandard and prone to flooding; reduction in light and privacy; lack of proper footpaths and proposed lighting; no need for additional housing in Wexford; road safety and traffic increase concerns; water pressure problems; increased noise; environmental impact; lack of recreational amenities; dangerous entrances; and local schools already being at full capacity. Many were also concerned about the impact on road safety at Coolcotts Lane, which they stated is badly lit, narrow and has a bad bend.

The decision on this appeal is due to be made by June 16.

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