Log cabin gets shot down by the plan­ners

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS - By PAUL DEER­ING

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.

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