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Plans for 16 new homes at The Loakers overturned on appeal

Plans for 16 new homes at The Loakers overturned on appeal

Plans for 16 new homes at The Loakers estate on the Blackrock Road have been rejected by An Bord Pleanála.

Last September developer Michael White was granted conditional planning permission by Louth County Council to construct 16 two storey three bedroom dwelling houses in three separate blocks.

This was subsequently appealed by the Bothar Maol Residents’ Association, Niall and Margaret Casey and Karen Varley with An Bord Pleanála now upholding their appeals.

Outlining their reasons for refusing permission, the board said: “Having regard to the location of the site and the established built form and character of houses at ‘The Loakers’ residential estate and those situated either side of Bothar Maol, it is considered that the proposed development, by reason of its overall design and layout, would result in an unacceptable design response to the specific site context.

“In addition, as the proposed development does not have an adequate mix of dwelling types comprising one dwelling type only, that is, matching in design three-bedroom terrace dwelling houses, it is considered that the proposed development would result in a substandard form of development which would be inconsistent with Policy HC 30 of the Dundalk and Environs Development Plan 2009-2015, which seeks the provision of an appropriate mix of house types within an area.

“It would also be contrary to the National Planning Framework which encourages more mixed tenure. It is further considered that the proposed street layout would not be conducive to pedestrian safety and would militate against the provision of an attractive pedestrian environment. The proposed development would seriously injure the amenities of the area and would, therefore, be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.”

Mr White was the original developer of The Loakers when it was given the go ahead in 2001. At the time he sought permission for 119 houses but only 104 were granted in the end.

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