Green light for block of apartments in Kilcoole
A mixed development of apartments and commercial units in a county Wicklow town has been given the go-ahead by An Bord Pleanála, after the planning body found it did not contravene the planning and sustainability guidelines.
In February, Wicklow County Council granted planning permission to developer Douglas Hatton Developments Limited to build two blocks up to three-storeys in height at Kilcoole House on the Kilcoole’s Main Street.
This decision was appealed to An Bord Pleanála by a local neighbour and town resident who suggested the “overall design, scale, mass and height of the proposed development” was a “haphazard urban design that does not accord with or be in keeping with the character of this specific area of Kilcoole.”
In making its decision in favour of the developers, An Bord Pleanála said: “It is considered that, subject to compliance with the conditions set out below, the proposed development would not seriously injure the visual or residential amenities of the area or of property in the vicinity, would be acceptable in terms of urban design, height and quantum of development and would also be acceptable in terms of pedestrian and traffic safety and convenience.”
The planning appeals authority set down 17 conditions attached to the decision which the developers must adhere to during construction.
Once complete, the development will contain three commercial units, three one-bed apartments, two two-bed duplex apartments, and a three-bed duplex.