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Plans for four new houses on Jocelyn Street rejected by An Bord Pleanála

Plans for four new houses on Jocelyn Street rejected by An Bord Pleanála
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Plans for four new houses on Jocelyn Street have been rejected following an appeal by An Bord Pleanála.

Last August Kevin Cluskey was granted conditional planning permission by Louth County Council to change the use of the existing offices at 37 Jocelyn Street – a protected structure – to residential use consisting of four residential units.

Proposed works included alterations to window and door opes to the rear return ground floor, a new flat roof at a higher level to the single storey rear return, new rooflights to the rear pitch, alterations to the internal layouts, repair and upgrade works throughout and all associated site works to a two storey plus attic protected structure.

The decision of the council was subsequently appealed to An Bord Pleanála by third party, Anne Wynne.

An Bord Pleanála have now decided to refuse permission for the change of use.

In making their decision the board said: “It is considered that the proposed layout and design of the proposed apartment development in this Protected Structure would produce a cramped and substandard form of development on this site at a density that cannot be accommodated to a level where qualitative residential amenities can be provided for future occupants of the proposed four apartment units, and if permitted in the form proposed, would result in overdevelopment of this built heritage sensitive site and would have the potential to set a precedent for similar buildings to be used to provide poor standard residential units which would seriously injure the residential amenities of future occupants and would fail to have sufficient regard to both local planning policy provisions and the standards set out in the ‘Sustainable Urban Housing:Design Standards for New Apartments Guidelines for Planning Authorities’ issued by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government in March, 2018. The proposed development would, therefore, be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.”