The refusal of planning permission for a proposed housing development in county Cork has been appealed to An Bord Pleanala - despite around 50 submissions and objections on the proposals.
O'Regans t/a Pike Construction Ltd initially applied for permission to build 60 dwelling units comprising 20 terraced houses, 24 semi-detached houses, and 16 detached houses at Templebryan, Clonakilty.
The proposed development on the edge of the West Cork town was the subject of dozens of submissions, mainly from local residents, who highlighted issues with infrastructure, house heights, and scale and density of the project.
In further information documents, the developers revised the application down to incorporate 55 houses instead of 60, however, Cork County Council’s planning department refused to give it the go-ahead due to a number of reasons.
They said the development would be premature pending pedestrian connectivity to the site from the town, and also pointed to the two storey buildings proposed being in conflict with the specific zoning objective of the lands, which allows for single storey homes only.
They also said the development would be out of character with the existing pattern of development in the area, and would seriously injure the visual amenities in the area.
The developers have now made an appeal to An Bord Pleanala to be allowed to build the 55 houses on four grounds.
They say a material contravention is justified, not on the zoning but on the specific single storey development objective. The appellant also said they have explored the potential for providing a continuous footpath to the town centre, along with other alternative ideas.
They also say that given the development has been revised down to 55 homes, it’s a sufficiently dense development. Finally, they argue that there would be no difference in visual impact between single and partially two-storey scheme.
An Bord Pleanala are due to make their decision by the end of September.