Res­i­dents op­pose plan for ken­nels

New Ross Standard - - NEWS -

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.

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