Owr Construction very belatedly requested a meeting with local residents. This was held on 6 November and it certainly clarified some things as far as local residents are concerned.
Given that the meeting was requested by Owr Construction, we had hoped for at least some awareness of the concerns of local residents (which have been extensively documented in numerous submissions to MCC and ABP going back 16 months now), and the presentation of some positive suggestions as to how these might be addressed.
However the MD of Owr Construction – Mr Whelan – was totally clear (on multiple occasions) that he would not consider any changes that involved revisiting the planning application. As such, the gap between what Mr Whelan wants to build on the plot, and what existing residents can accept, appears very difficult to bridge.
Local residents are thus fully behind the planning appeal to An Bord Pleanala, and are starting consider options in the unlikely event that this unsuccessful. We also intend to make clear to potential buyers that they are unwelcome, and will NOT be able to avail of facilities in neighbouring private estates such as green areas and parking.
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.