An Bord Pleanala turns down Kelly Drains de­pot

Bray People - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

AN Bord Pleanala has up­held a re­fusal to Kelly Drains for a com­mer­cial ve­hic­u­lar de­pot at their Drum­min site.

The ap­pli­ca­tion had in­cluded the re­lo­ca­tion of gates, con­struc­tion of a two-storey of­fice build­ing, change of use of farm build­ing for main­te­nance of trucks, ex­ten­sion of the yard, and re­ten­tion of some other build­ings.

The An Bord Pleanala in­spec­tor said that the de­vel­op­ment, as pro­posed, would in­volve the block­ing of a Mass path which is of his­tor­i­cal and amenity sig­nif­i­cance to the lo­cal area.

He said that the de­vel­op­ment would con­tra­vene the county de­vel­op­ment plan and would be con­trary to the proper plan­ning and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of the area.

The site is lo­cated off the N11 by junc­tion 11 and was pre­vi­ously a farm house and farm yard.

The site is now used by a drain main­te­nance business and the own­ers live in the for­mer farm house.

The prop­erty cur­rently ac­com­mo­dates many as­so­ci­ated ve­hi­cles in­clud­ing trucks and smaller ve­hi­cles.

There are three por­ta­cab­ins on the site used for of­fice, ad­min, can­teen and a con­tainer used for stor­age.

Wick­low County Coun­cil de­cided to refuse plan­ning per­mis­sion for a num­ber of rea­sons, in­clud­ing the Sally Walk/Kil­coole his­toric Mass path. The path tra­verses the site. The coun­cil said that the county de­vel­op­ment plan has ob­jec­tives to fa­cil­i­tate ac­cess to amenity routes and to pro­tect ex­ist­ing green re­sources.

They said that the ap­pli­cant failed to pro­vide suit­able pedes­trian ac­cess through the site to fa­cil­i­tate users of the path. There was also a lack of suit­able ac­cess to fu­ture de­vel­op­ment land, and a fail­ure to sub­mit pro­pos­als to con­nect to the pub­lic wa­ter sup­ply.

They also said that the ap­pli­cant didn’t in­clude traf­fic man­age­ment pro­pos­als.

Sub­mis­sions dur­ing the plan­ning process in­cluded con­cerns about po­ten­tial pol­lu­tion to an ex­ist­ing stream, im­pacts on the Glen of the Downs, and con­cern about po

In their ap­peal, Kelly Drains said that they orig­i­nally started the business in Black­lion, but per­mis­sion to reg­u­larise plan­ning was re­fused as the site was zoned res­i­den­tial.

They sub­se­quently pur­chased the cur­rent site. As part of the pur­chase agree­ment, the ap­pli­cant was re­quired to erect a pal­isade fence.

Wick­low County Coun­cil is­sued a warn­ing let­ter in re­la­tion to the fence and ma­te­rial change of use.

They said that the pedes­trian ac­cess is­sue could be dealt with as a le­gal is­sue and sep­a­rated from the plan­ning.

They said that there is no ob­jec­tive to pro­tect the Mass path in the Grey­stones/Del­gany & Kil­coole Lo­cal Area Plan, nor is the ap­pli­cant’s lands des­ig­nated to fa­cil­i­tate ac­cess to amenity lands in the County De­vel­op­ment Plan.

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