October 27, 2020
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Plans to convert county Wicklow Georgian house into offices rejected

A proposal to convert a Georgian house in the centre of a county Wicklow town into offices has been refused on appeal by An Bord Pleánala.

The National planning appeals body knocked back the plans by the Leinster Shipping Agencies Ltd to convert Sans Souci at 46 Meath Row in Bray into an office building, stating: “The proposed office development would not represent an appropriate use.”

Leinster Shipping Agencies Ltd initially applied to Wicklow County Council in November of last year for planning to convert the house, which covered 235sq mts, to office use.

In making their decision, An Bord Pleanála decided to refuse planning permission on the grounds that: “The proposed development site is zoned as ‘RE-Existing Residential’ in the Bray Municipal District Local Area Plan, 2018-2024 with the stated land use zoning objective – ‘To protect, provide and improve residential amenities of existing residential areas’.

“This objective is considered reasonable. Having regard to the nature of the proposed development and the location of the site in a predominantly residential area, it is considered that the proposed office development would not represent an appropriate use in this instance and would contravene materially the zoning objective as set out in the local area plan.

“The proposed development would, therefore, be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area,” An Bord Pleánala concluded.

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