On 2 May 2018, MCC Planning finally received from Owr Construction a response to its request for additional information. As of 15 May, MCC has still not published the scanned document(s) on its website, but below are photos taken of the proposal:
It had appeared that the planning application by Owr Construction Ltd to build a three-story apartment building at the corner of Fairyhouse Road and Seagrave Hall had lapsed on 28 February. However on 26 February Meath County Council Planning Department received a request from Thornton O’Connor (the agents) for a three month extension, and this was immediately granted. Indeed, another eight days were added to allow for for Christmas!
Two Surveyors were working on the site on Friday 9 March 2018. The inevitable conclusion is that Owr Construction are preparing a new planning application. It seems likely that they will submit this to Meath County by June, hoping to gain approval before their current planning permission (for two houses) lapses in December 2018.
It will be interesting to see if Owr attempt any prior consultation with local residents in order to try avoid a repetition of the objections and opposition that their proposal for an apartment building created.
From a check of the MCC online planning portal, Owr Construction Ltd failed to provide the additional information requested by 28 February 2018. If they have not quietly asked for and received an extension, the planning application has presumably expired.
As of today (12 Jan) there are no updates about this application on the Meath CC website. Owr Construction now has just 6 weeks to respond to the request for further information.
My own expectation is that Owr will “throw the dice” and submit a revised proposal for 2-story apartment building just before the 28 Feb deadline. This will be an improvement on the July 2017 proposal, but still worse than the planning application (DA70314) which was damningly refused in 2007. Hopefully the planners will stick to their principles and guidelines again.
However, planning approval has already been granted to build two 4-bedroom detached houses on the site, this has already been extended and will now expire December 2018. If Owr decide to cut their losses, it’s quite possible that bull dozers will be on site for building these houses by the summer.
MCC Planning Department have sent a letter dated 28 August 2017 to Owr Construction Ltd asking for additional information. Copied below.
The letter requests a three-storey development and asks for a revised proposal based on a two-storey development. The nature and extent of the information requested would seem to indicate that they have very serious reservations about even this. If no response is received in six(!) months then the application is deemed to have been withdrawn. So 28 February 2018 is a date to put in your diary.
The proposed letter has now been submitted to Meath County Council. I’m anticipating from discussions that MCC may receive a couple of other letters. The closing date for submissions and comments is Tuesday 15 August.
MCC expect to make a decision on 5 September. If permission is granted to build the building, there is then a four week period within which an appeal can be made to An Bord Pleanala. Conversely, if Owr Construction are refused permission, they can also appeal the decision. Statistically, 25% of appeals are successful.
I don’t anticipate making any further updates until I receive notice of the decision, presumably 6 September or soon after.
Signatures supporting the submission to MCC were gathered on Saturday with a draft of the letter available and shown. There have since been been a few tweaks to the letter in order to incorporate some comments and suggestions made. If anyone who signed on Saturday would like to see the final letter before it is sent to MCC Planning, please contact me asap.
1 Seagrvae Hall