‘Poor design concept’ – Planning body refuses 71 home development in county Wicklow town
Plans for 71 new homes in a county Wicklow town have been refused following an appeal on the grounds that the development was poorly designed.
Knockree Development Ltd applied to Wicklow County Council in January of 2019 looking for permission to build 43 apartments and 28 houses, as well as a creche at a site on Church Hill, Season Park, in Newtownmountkennedy.
In July 2019, Wicklow County Council granted permission for the scheme, subject to 26 conditions being adhered to.
Subsequently, a number of appeals were lodged in regard the granting of permission. All were withdrawn apart from the appeal from the Newtownmountkennedy Town Team.
They argued the plans were in contravention of the planning policy in regards design, amenities and transport.
A final decision on the development was made this week and An Bord Pleanála took into account the objection and decided to refuse permission.
In its decision, the planning authority said: “The Board considered that the proposed development is dominated by roads and surface car parking and results in a poor design concept for the site, fails to establish a sense of place, and would result in a substandard form of development.
An Bord Pleanála felt the development lacked “variety and distinctiveness, “ and “would be seriously injurious to the residential amenities of future occupants and the amenities of the area.”