Residents oppose plan for kennels
A decision by Wexford County Council to allow dog kennels be built on the outskirts of New Ross has been appealed to An Bord Pleanala.
Johnathan St Ledger had applied for planning permission to build the dog boarding kennel and associated site works at Butlersland, Knockmullin and Arnestown, New Ross in June of this year. A similar application by Mr St Ledger had been refused permission last year due to the lack of sound insulation in the building.
Following on from that a fresh application was made accompanied by a letter from Des Redmond, Draughting and Design of Adamstown who said that the application now has a higher spec of sound insulation as well as provision for a roof over the outer pen. He also said that Mr St Ledger would ensure that the dogs were kept indoors between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m.
Seven submissions were received by the council in respect of the application. These were made by Mary Doyle, Knockmullen House; Vanessa and Seamus Barron, Arnestown; Patricia Quinn, Ard Alainn, New Ross; John Morris, Arnestown; Bridget and John Woods, Rossnaree, Arnestown; Patricia Kennedy, Arnestown and David Merrigan of Merrigan, Phelan, McNamara Architects in Waterford.
In his report senior executive planner James Lavin said the proposed building is sited on a country road 250m south to the N25 ring road near New Ross. There are dwellings to the north and east of the site and farm buildings to the southwest.
In respect of the submissions received Mr Lavin said the main areas of concern were: noise, the entrance exacerbating a traffic hazard, environmental impact from animal waste, children’s safety if the dogs escaped, barking disturbances to both residents and adjoining sheep and stud farms, odour, the building being out of keeping with landscape, falling property value, the presence of an ancient holy well and water quality.
Mr Lavin noted that the previous application which had been refused was for a building measuring 77 sq m housing 17 kennels while this application concerned a building measuring 132 sq m housing 36 pens - 18 outdoor and 18 indoor.
He said this application proposes keeping the dogs indoors between at night and a 2.1m acoustic wall. Mr Lavin said that the proposed building is an agri type structure with a green metal clad roof. It is proposed to clad the front elevation in cedar cladding.
He said the closest residential sites to the development are 80m and 100m to the northwest. He went on to note that the acoustic wall and the noise insulation in the building itself were now considerable acceptable.
In his conclusion Mr Lavin said: ‘ The planning authority considers that the subject proposal has included sufficient noise mitigation measures and has addressed the previous refusal reason and is therefore considered acceptable.’
He recommended that planning be granted subject to nine conditions including: noise restrictions and dogs to be kept indoors between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m.
The decision by the council to grant permission was then appealed to An Bord Pleanala by Mary Doyle, Patricia Quinn and others and Seamus Barron and others. A decision on the application is due on December 18.