An Bord Pleanala Refuses 101 Houses in Donaghcumper, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

An Bord Pleanala has refused permission for 101 dwellings (originally 108) in Donaghcumper, Celbridge, Co. Kildare.  There were 9 appellants who appealed Kildare County Council’s decision to grant permission for the development.  The reasons for refusal are as follows:

1. The proposed development is located in the demesne associated with Donaghcumper House, a protected structure, and in close proximity to Castletown House and its historic grounds. It is an objective of the planning authority, as set out in the current Kildare County Development Plan, to prohibit development in gardens or landscapes which are deemed to be an important part of the setting of a protected structure. Having regard to the social and historic links between the demesnes of Donaghcumper, Castletown and Saint Wolstans, it is considered that, notwithstanding the residential zoning of the site, the proposed development, by reason of its nature and scale and the loss of historic parkland, would negatively impact on this designed landscape and would materially and adversely affect the character and setting of Castletown House, a protected structure of international importance, and Donaghcumper House itself. The proposed development would, therefore, contravene the provisions of the development plan, would seriously injure the amenities of the area and of property in the vicinity and would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.

2. Having regard to the information submitted suggesting the existence of bats and otters on the site, both protected species under the Habitats Directive, the Board is not satisfied, on the basis of the submissions made in relation to the planning application and the appeal, that satisfactory ecological surveying has been carried out or that the proposed development would not have an adverse impact on the ecology of the site. The proposed development would, therefore, be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.

3. It is considered that the proposed development, by reason of its scale and location, would result in an excessive degree of encroachment into the River Liffey valley lands which, as set out in the current Kildare County Development Plan, are significant in terms of landscape character and of high amenity value and sensitive to development. The proposed development would, therefore, conflict with the provisions of the development plan, would seriously injure the amenities of the area and be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.

 

 

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