Per­mis­sion given for 15 new homes in Strat­ford

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By EIMEAR DODD

WICK­LOW County Coun­cil has given conditiona­l planning per­mis­sion for 15 new homes in Strat­ford-on-Slaney.

Col­gan O’Reilly Ar­chi­tects, on be­half of Ai­dan Gar­cia Diaz, orig­i­nally ap­plied for per­mis­sion to con­struct 20 new homes, associated site works, site bound­ary treat­ments, land­scap­ing in­cor­po­rat­ing con­nec­tion to Hil­lview by road and con­nec­tion into the ex­ist­ing mains wa­ter, sur­face wa­ter and foul wa­ter sys­tem in the es­tate be­hind the Hil­lview in Novem­ber 2018.

A re­vised ap­pli­ca­tion for 15 homes was sub­mit­ted in March 2019. This fol­lowed a re­quest for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion from the planning au­thor­ity which raised con­cerns that the num­ber of homes in the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment ex­ceeded the lim­its al­lowed by the County De­vel­op­ment Plan.

The re­vised ap­pli­caiton sought per­mis­sion for nine four-bed two-storey houses, six three-bed sin­gle-storey houses and associated works.

The planning au­thor­ity im­posed a to­tal of 21 con­di­tions when grant­ing per­mis­sion for the de­vel­op­ment. Among the con­di­tions, the coun­cil has stated that eight of the pro­posed homes shall be sub­ject to house oc­cu­pancy con­trols as out­lined in the County De­vel­op­ment Plan 2016-2022. The aim is to en­sure that the de­vel­op­ment meets lo­cal growth needs. This means that pur­chaser of the prop­erty must be ei­ther a res­i­dent in the gar­den county for three years, in per­ma­nent em­ploy­ment of at least three years du­ra­tion in the county within 30 km of the vil­lage. The con­di­tion will re­quire the pur­chaser to sign a le­gal un­der­tak­ing which will be reg­is­tered with the deeds of the prop­erty at the Land Reg­istry for a pe­riod of seven years.

Con­di­tions were also im­posed in re­la­tion to open spa­ces, roads, con­struc­tion man­age­ment and land­scap­ing at the site which is near St John the Bap­tist Church in the vil­lage.

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