Carlingford Adventure Centre refused permission for new hostel
Carlingford Adventure Centre have been refused planning permission for a hostel at their facility in Dundalk Street in Carlingford.
The company, who trade under Carlingford Adventure Aerial Park Ltd, were granted conditional planning permission in April by Louth County Council to change the use of an existing dwellinghouse to hostel type accommodation ancillary to Carlingford Adventure Centre.
As part of the same proposal they were also granted retention permission for clearing and hardcoring of lands to provide car parking, as well as to carry out revisions to the existing vehicular entrance to the site, minor alterations to facades of the dwelling and the addition of a balcony to the rear elevation.
This was subsequently appealed by Anne Dearey and others of Blue House, Dundalk Street, Carlingford with An Bord Pleanála recently upholding their appeal.
The board decided to refuse permission based on the standard of accommodation that would be offered.
Their report read: “Having regard to the size of the existing building relative to the use, scale and internal configuration of the proposed hostel, the Board is not satisfied, on the basis of the plans and particulars submitted with this application, that the proposed development would provide for a satisfactory level of amenity to serve the future residents of the hostel. The proposed development would be substandard and would result in an overintensification of use of the existing building which could, in turn, have an adverse impact on the amenities of the surrounding area. The proposed development and the development proposed to be retained would, therefore, be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.”
Residents in their appeal had said they were “quite simply unable to live well in our village” due to the existing night life in Carlingford.
They said local members of the community were forced to live “under siege and in fear of walking down the street at night” because of what they must endure.
In an extensive submission they argued that Carlingford is a sustainable community but that this had not been adhered to as a result of over development.