Meath County Council, Planning Application RA170815

Update 3 March 2018:  Owr Construction Ltd failed to provide the additional information requested by MCC within the required period, as such the planning application has presumably expired.  Note that they still have permission to build two 4-bedroom houses on the site.

On Wednesday 12 July 2017 a Site Notice appeared in Ratoath stating:

“Owr Construction Limited intends to apply for permission for development on this 0.1132 Ha site at the corner of Seagrave Hall and Fairyhouse Road, Co. Meath. … The proposed development is for: “for a three storey residential development comprising a terrace of 4 No. 4 bed dwellings … The dwellings will range in size from 166.9 sq. m to 187.97 sq. m. The development will also include the provision of a new vehicular access off Seagrave Hall to the north west of the site; 8 no. car-parking spaces…”

Meath County Council received the Planning Application (RA170815) the previous day.

The proposed high density, three-storey, sixteen-bedroom building is completely inappropriate for this location.  Its size and height, limited open spaces and inadequate car parking means that there will be a very negative impact on existing residents in the area.  For example, in terms of:

  • Greatly reduced privacy for neighboring properties over shadowed by the building
  • The hazardous location of the narrow entrance to the small car park
  • Risks associated with on-street/on-pavement parking by residents and visitors near a busy main road
  • The removal of mature trees at the boundary of the site (the trunks of these trees are not even on the plot)
  • A lack of drainage resulting in surface water run-off to nearby properties on lower ground
  • The lack of green space resulting in the use of nearby amenities by non-residents

It would also set a precedence for the construction of high density developments of an economy build quality/finish in an established residential area – superseding the far more demanding planning standards that have previously been applied to this part of Fairyhouse Road.

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