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Changes to mixed use site on the Ramparts given the go ahead by An Bord Pleanála

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Local developers Urban Life have been given the go ahead by An Bord Pleanála to carry out alterations to the external elevations of houses and duplex/apartment buildings on a new development at the Ramparts.

Work on the site, adjacent to the Marshes Shopping Centre, got underway in February after Urban Life Developments took over the site from Camus Developments who were granted conditional planning permission in July 2016 for 65 residential dwellings and two three storey buildings, measuring 810sqm and 855sqm respectively.

They were granted conditional planning permission this summer to carry out alterations by Louth County Council but this was subsequently appealed by local man Niall McCourt.

As well as alterations to the external elevations they have also secured permission to make alterations to the internal layouts of certain dwellings and to partly reconfigure the permitted car parking layout derving dwellings.

The revisions will not result in any change to the overall number of 65 dwellings permitted.

The site is bound to the north by Ramparts Road, to the east by the Marshes Shopping Centre, to the south by a car park associated with the Marshes Shopping Centre and to the west by buildings and associated car parking, including the former Telecom Building.

Each of the buildings will have retail on the ground floor with office space at first and second floor levels.

The proposed dwellings comprise of 28 apartment/duplexes accommodated in two three storey buildings and 37 2/2.5 storey houses in terraced and semi-detached format. The dwellings are a mix of two, three and four bed units.

The proposal also includes the demolition of a dis-used dwelling house and two sheds on the application site, 123 on-site car parking spaces, public lighting landscaping, boundary treatment and all associated site development works. New vehicular access to the proposed development is provided off the Ramparts Road.

An Bord Pleanála has granted permission for the changes subject to six conditions being met, the biggest change being that an ESB sub-station shall be relocated.