August 10, 2020
News Property

Council rejects plans to expand housing estate in Wicklow village

Plans to double the amount of residential units in a new housing estate  in a county Wicklow town have been knocked back by the local authority on the grounds it was “poorly designed substandard development.”

The development at Clermont in Rathnew was previously been granted full planning permission for 36 residential units consisting of 16 houses and 20 apartments, along with a retail unit and a cáfe unit.

Developers Cedarbrick Limited submitted revised plans to Wicklow County Council seeking to expand the amount of accommodation units, increase the number of houses on the site and reducing the number of apartments from the previously approved permission.

The revised application wanted to create 32 new two, three, and four bedroom homes and reduce the number of apartments to just eight.

But Wicklow County Council ruled: “It is considered that the proposed development would result in a poorly designed substandard development, would unduly impact on the visual amenities of the area and the amenities of the future residents.

“Therefore, the proposed development would be contrary to proper planning and sustainable development.”

Cedarbrick Limited now have four weeks to appeal the decision to An Bord Pléanála.

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