August 3, 2021
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Council turns down commercial and residential development in county Wicklow town over height and privacy issues

A mixed residential and commercial development planned for the centre of a county Wicklow town has been knocked back on height, access, amenities and privacy issues.

The proposed development lodged by at John Murphy Forall Property Holdings Unlimited Company to build 11 apartments and four commercial units at Leamore Lane in Newcastle, was last week turned down by Wicklow County Council.

In refusing to grant permission the council said due to: “The prominent location of the site, and the established built form and character of development in the surrounding area, it is considered that the proposed mixed-use building and three-storey residential building would, by reason of their overall design, in terms of height, form, elevational treatment etc, result in the creation of incongruous features on this prominent site.”

The council also found the proposed development would conflict with the objectives of the development plan for Newcastle in terms of privacy of existing residents and the lack of public open spaces in the development which would be contrary to the sustainable and future development of the area.

The council went on to say: “The proposed development would endanger public safety by reason of serious traffic hazard because the applicant has failed to demonstrate that a safe entrance can be provided to serve this development particularly in terms of sightline distances.”

The developers, John Murphy Forall Property Holdings Unlimited, have until the start of next month to appeal the decision to An Bord Pleanala.

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