Comments Letter

We intend to submit a comments letter to Meath County Council in regards to this planning application.  The likely substance of the content can be gained from the Initial Thoughts post, but additional suggestions are very welcome.  If you would to be included as a signatory, please add a comment with your name(s) and address, or alternatively email us, or simply put a note through our letter box.

Richard & Terri Beedall, 1 Seagrave Hall

Initial Thoughts

From an initial review of the planning application:

  1. The application is effectively an enlarged version of a planning application (DA70314) that was refused by Meath County Council in 2007.  It is not clear that any of the reasons for the refusal of this application have been addressed – indeed the problems seem to have grown.
  2. The new proposal is for a three storey building rather than two, 16 bedrooms rather than 12, but has just eight car spots rather than 12.
  3. Meath County Council apparently advised (Sub section 4.1 of the proposal) Thornton O’Connor not call the new proposal an apartment block!
  4. With four 4-bedroom dwellings, the building seems to be optimized for rentals and sub-lets – presumably with 32 plus tenants.
  5. The very high density of the development is justified (#6.4) on the basis that there is very “low density development elsewhere in Ratoath”.  This seems a deliberate attempt to distract from the context of the form and pattern of development in the immediate vicinity of the proposed building.
  6. The minimum possible number of car parking spaces provided (#6.6) – two per dwelling, i.e. just eight in total.  This is far too low for the number of bedrooms, extensive street/pavement parking by both residents and visitors is inevitable.
  7. Whilst the height of the proposed apartment building (#3.3) may not exceed a previous approved application to build two detached houses on the site, that is third-story to chimney pot!  The building will dominate the view of neighboring dwellings.
  8. The proposed development fails (#6.5) to provide adequate provision of open space and gardens for residents, and as such is a sub-standard development.  Whilst “a study” is offered, in practice it seems to be assumed that resident’s children will play on either the road or utilise the common areas of the Seagrave Hall estate.
  9. The proposal incorrectly claims (#2.1) that a bus stop 270m away provides “access to Dublin via bus routes 103 and 105”.  The 105 bus doesn’t go in to Dublin, it terminates at Connelly Hospital, Blanchardstown.  The 103 bus doesn’t even run down Fairyhouse Road!  There are no direct bus services to Dublin excepting a very small number (3) of eXpress services between 8 and 9 am.  The poor public transport infrastructure will potentially result in higher car ownership by residents of the bulding.
  10. The goggle maps view (figure 2.2) appears to date from about 2007, and fails to show the now mature trees which will apparently be cut down – a considerable loss both aesthetically and to local wild life.
  11. The proposed apartment building will connect to existing public water and sewage facilities, it is not clear that these have the capacity to cope with an addition of this scale.
  12. Overall, the proposed apartment building will dominate the entrance to Seagrave Hall and overlook neighboring properties.  Its form, density, size and scale is wholly inappropriate for the area, and if it proceeds it will seriously degrade the amenities for existing residents, e.g. in regards to privacy and daylight/sunlight.  [Thus failing to meet the requirements of the Meath County Development Plan 2013-19]

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 development appears likely to have a serious and detrimental impact on nearby properties and residents.