Meath County Council, Planning Application RA170815

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.

In August 2017 the Meath County Council Planning Department asked for additional information in regards to the application.  Owr originally had to provide this by 28 February 2018, but asked for and received a three month extension – the new deadline is 8 June 2018.

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