An Bord Pleanála to hold oral hearing into Donaghcumper plan

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Published Date: 30 September 2009
By Henry Bauress

AN BORD Pleanála is to hold an oral hearing into a major, controversial, Celbridge development.

The Board has notified those who have appealed against the Kildare County Council’s descision to grant permission for 108 houses, creche, landscaping and associated site works, at Donaghcumper Demesne, that it will hold an open public oral hearing.

Arrangements for the opening of the hearing will be notified to objectors as soon as is possible.

The Council granted planning permission for over 90 houses on Donaghcumper demense in Celbridge on 27 May and this was appealed.

The application is just part of an overall application for the area close to historic Castletown House and Celbridge town centre.

The planning application by the Durkan brothers’ company, Devondale Ltd, is one of a number of plans for the area.

Earlier this year it emerged a joint proposal between a developer and the Office of Public Works (OPW) is to be made to zone further housing close to Castletown House in the context of a land swap.

In March 2008, a second application for a high rise mixed development, was withdrawn, temporarily.

The Council asked Devondale (08/439) to turn some of the initial 108 houses into bunglows and reduced numbers to 90.

It has made orders on tree planting and has sought a revised layout, about which there will be concern that the contents of this are known in time for the appeal.

The Council has sought a bond of n765,000 before construction work starts and is seeking development contributions of n1,442,000 towards public facilities.

Over 150 objectors, individuals and bodies, objected to the initial Devondale application, including national and local bodies.

Source: Leinster Leader

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