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 months then the application is deemed to have been withdrawn.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
Many thanks for everyone’s comments, and the huge support received today in terms of signatures. I have now prepared a draft submission and comments letter, and will be tweaking it over the next few days. I intended to send it to the MCC Planning Department on Friday 4 August, or Tuesday 8 August at the very latest.
- If you have any final thoughts or suggestions, please post them here or email them to me as soon a possible
- If you got missed today and still want to be added as a supporting signatory, please send a text to Terri on 087 2219595 and she or one of our kids will drop over with the form
- As a result of the discussions on the Green today, I don’t intend to put the letter on this web site until after MCC Planning have made their decision in September
- But if you would like a copy of the letter before then, please drop me an email (email@example.com), ideally with the reason
Remember that you can still send your own observations on the planning application directly to MCC.
Regards, Richard (1 Seagrave)
I have received several suggestions that a professional architect or planner should be used to prepare an objection letter for Meath County Council. Clearly this has a lot of merit, but the obvious stumbling block is the payment of any fee. I suspect that it will be very difficult to reach agreement on how this should be apportioned. Ideas welcome!
The site notice was nailed to a wall of No 1 Seagrave Hall without asking for our permission – presumably damaging the brickwork. I decided to leave the notice in place but added another notice referring to the potential problems of the development. On 25 July someone removed my notice and a second copy of it. Rather annoying!
The 2007 proposal had 12 car parking spaces for 12 bedrooms, i.e one space per bedroom. The current proposal has just 8 spaces for 16 bedrooms – i.e the ratio has been halved. It thus seems reasonable to expect that about eight cars will be parking on the road… plus the cars of visitors. The entrance to Seagrave Hall is totally unsuitable for this, indeed it would be very dangerous as the blind corner beside No.1 is already the source of many near accidents.
It’s also interesting to compare this photo with one in the proposal:
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
The following images are of the decision letter refusing planning application DA/70314 in 2007. This was for a smaller building than is now proposed: