When the granting of Planning Application MCC Reg. Ref RA/170815 was appealed to An Bord Pleanala in early July 2018, Owr immediately withdrew the application. During the rest of the month Owr then made a rapid submission of four new applications to MCC, ending with RA/180833, which – to quote the application – “replicates … RA/170815”. Tracking all these events and responding with submissions has presented a serious and costly challenge; it seems to represent a legal but undesirable “gaming” of the planning system by Owr and their consultants – Thornton O’Connor Town Planning.
On 18 September, MCC granted RA/180833. This was inevitable as any other decision would have implied accepting that they made a serious mistake in granting RA/170815. The decision was appealed to ABP on 12 October. We now await to see if Owr again withdraw their application, or decided to letter the appeal take its course.
Please see the MCC planning website for the latest situation, and copies of scanned documents: http://www.eplanning.ie/MeathCC/AppFileRefDetails/ra170815/0
By an order dated 14 June 2018, Meath County Council decided to give conditional planning permission to Owr Construction for their application RA/170815 – a “three storey residential development”. The conditions require only very minor changes to the proposal, the vast majority are standard T&C’s applicable to construction and works. See http://www.eplanning.ie/MeathCC/AppFileRefDetails/RA170815/0
To save time, I’ve posted these without any editing and reorientation to improve clarity.
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.