Log cabin gets shot down by the planners
IT’S proven to be a far from an idyllic log cabin in the countryside for a county Sligo householder who has been refused permission by the County Council to retain the structure.
Ann Bannigan had sought to retain the cabin at Cooldrumman Upper, Carney but the Council say the applicant’s housing need cannot be described “as a genuine rural generated housing need.”
She is now facing having to remove the structure though an appeal to An Bord Pleanala is open to her.
The council also point out that it has serious concerns in relation to the character and form of the log cabin and its relationship with the houses in the immediate area in terms of character and external finished.
“The log cabin is located in a rural area which consists of detached and semi- detached houses which have been constructed using standard building materials, blocks and slates and has gross floor areas in excess of 110 square metres.
The chalet has a gross floor area of 48square metres, a profile tile roof and timer constructed walls which is not in keeping with the scale and design of existing development in the area,” said a council planning report.
The application seeking retention of the cabin also sought permission for construction of a new septic tank and percolation area.
The cabin is served by an existing private well and existing septic tank and is located on an elevated site.
The cabin is located one kilometre north of Carney along the road leading to Cashelgarron.
The council’s planning report outlines that previous the applicant was granted planning permission for the building of a storey and a half house, garage, puraflo treatment unit, percolation area and access toad but this expired on April 25th 2016.
The report states that the applicant stated she was the owner of the site and the cabin and a letter from her daughter, Michelle stated she was her mother’s carer and that she was being treated by Dr Donal Smyth for many years.
He has clinics in both Ballisodare and Collooney which may indicate the applicant was living in the area for many years, said the report.
The executive planners, Barry Ward and Stephen Ward point out however that the applicant’s address was given as Ballymachill, Fross, Donegal.
It was also noted that there was an old der-
The log cabin at Carney over which a question mark hangs regarding its future.