September 28, 2021
Business News

Plans to build 79 homes in Wicklow Town knocked back

Plans to build 79 new family homes in a county Wicklow town have been knocked back for various reason including what planners called a “visually obtrusive” apartment block.

Developers Tom and Pat Redmond lodged plans with Wicklow County Council last year to initially build over 90 housing units and then revised down to 79 units at Ballynerrin Lower, on the outskirts of Wicklow Town.

The plans lodged with the council requested permission to build three five-bedroom detached two-storey homes, nine four-bedroom detached two-storey houses, 24 four-bedroom semi-detached two-storey homes, 20 three-bedroom semi-detached two-storey units, 11 three-bedroom two-storey homes, six two- bedroom apartments and six three- bedroom duplex two storey units, all of which would have provided accommodation for 350 people.

The decision by the council to turn down the development was taken for six reasons.

The council felt the apartment block was an “inappropriate development” and “visually obtrusive”. The council felt overall the plans did not “represent a high-quality residential development.”

Other issues such as on-street parking, issues surrounding a national monument, compliance with the council’s sustainable housing policy in its county development plan and the underground stormwater tank were all listed as reasons why planning was refused.

The developers have up to this week to lodge an appeal to An Bord Pleanala.

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