Posts Tagged ‘Kildare’

An Bord Pleanala Annual Report 2011: Kildare’s Performance

October 16, 2012

The An Bord Pleanala Annual Report 2011 was published last week. It shows that 8% of all decisions made by Kildare County Council (including Naas and Athy) were appealed to the Bord. This compares with 3.4% in the case of Wexford (lowest) and 14.96% in the case of Dublin City (highest).

The Report shows that 33.9% of the Councils decisions were confirmed by the Board, 45.2% of the Councils decisions were varied and 21% of the Councils decisions were reversed by the Board.


Kildare Grid Link Public Consultation

September 4, 2012

Eirgrid is holding a public meeting in Kilashee Hotel, Naas on the 7th September between 12.30pm and 8pm regarding the proposed new high voltage power line which is to run from Dunstown in Kildare to Cork. This meeting represents the second round of public consultations.

It is understood that the Kilcullen Community Action have also lobbied for a public meeting in Kilcullen and that this will be facilitated in October.

Kildare has the Largest Drop in Residential Planning Applications in Ireland.

September 4, 2012

According to the National Housing Construction Index which has been compiled from data gathered   planning applications are down 19% nationally.  However, Kildare experienced a drop of 41%, the highest drop in the country, closely followed by Kerry down 39%, then Clare down 35% , Mayo and Louth down 31%.

Census 2011: County Kildare

April 11, 2012

The population of County Kildare increased from 186,335 (2006) to 210,312 persons in 2011.  

Kildare is the 4th most populous county in the country after Dublin, Cork and Galway.

Kildare had the third highest percentage increase (12.9%) in actual change in population since the previous census (+23,977 persons).


Development Plan to be varied to incorporate Exiting Plans for Small Towns in Kildare

February 7, 2012

Kildare County council have issued a Notice of Proposed Variation of Kildare County Development Plan 2011-2017 .  The variation seeks to incorporate the following Small Town Plans: Kill, Prosperous, Rathangan, Athgarvan, Derrinturn, Castledermot into the County Development Plan 2011-2017.

Details of the proposed variation  may be inspected for a period of 4 weeks from Thursday 9 February 2012 to Friday 9 March 2012 at Kildare County Council offices, Northern Area Office, Leinster Sreet, Maynooth, Southern Area Office, Rathstewart, Athy, Clane Area Office, The Woods, Clane and public libraries.

Written submissions in relation to the proposed Variation may be made before 5pm FRIDAY 9 MARCH 2012.

Kildare County Council: New Notice Regarding Quarries

December 9, 2011

Sections 74 and 75 of the Planning and Development Act (Amendment) Act 2010, was commenced on the 16/11/11 and inserted a new section 261A, into the Planning and Development Act 2000.  Section 261A contains new provisions in relation to the regulation of quarries. 

A new substitute consent procedure was legislated for, whereby projects requiring environmental impact assessment and appropriate assessment could apply for a form of retention – but this was necessarily limited to highly exceptional cases – e.g. a planning permission found defective by a court. 

The legislation provides that (more…)

Temporary Ice Rink Proposed for Newbridge, Co. Kildare

August 11, 2011

An application has been lodged with Kildare County Council for a temporary ecological ice rink in the Courtyard Shopping Centre, Newbride, Co. Kildare.

Council postpones levy scheme

February 24, 2011

Kildare County Council has postponed the adoption of its controversial new development levy scheme to September.

At a special meeting on 14 February, councillors said a number of things needed to be changed in the recent draft scheme, which among other things, proposes a reduction in levies for telecommunications masts.

The levies are applied to new construction and other developments and the amounts sought by the Council to fund infrastructure have been controversial.

But councillors are concerned that with the economic downturn, what effect, levies will have on business and jobs growth in the county.

Between 2004 and October 2010, the Council took in E112.8 millions in levies, money which has funded many capital projects in the county. (more…)

Tougher Requirements for One Off Dwellings under consideration

February 21, 2011

The elected members are currently considering significant new changes to the current requirements for persons seeking one off houisng in the Kildare countryside.  The current proposal is for the county to be divided in two.  The south of the county (south of Newbridge) will enjoy similar requirements as under the current plan but those seeking one off houses to the north of Newbridge and east of Newbridge will be subject to more onerous requirements i.e. 18 year residency in a rural area as opposed to 12 years, site must be 5k from family home as opposed to 8km.  Following a number of public meeting by local councillors and TD Sean O’Fearghaill a significant amount of submissions have been lodged with the Council as part of the final round of the public consultation process in preparing the new plan.

An Bord Pleanala uphold decision to demolish Standhouse Hotel in the Curragh

January 4, 2011

An Bord Pleanala have upheld the decision of Kildare County Council to grant permission for the demolition of the Standhouse Hotel in the Curragh, Co. Kilare.  The Board agreed with the decision of the Council and decided to focus on the issues raised by the applicant in relation to certain conditions only.  The Board granted permission subject to minor amendments to the original conditions imposed by the Council.

Residential Devlopment in Straffan Appealed

December 5, 2010

A decision by Kildare County Council to grant permission for 69 dwellings in Straffan, Co. Kildare has been appealed to An Bord Pleanala by a third party.  The applicant also appealed the decision.

Complaint of negligence against solicitor dismissed

November 8, 2010
Tighe -v- Burke trading as McCartan and Burke solicitors. Neutral citation (2010) IEHC 280. High Court. Judgment was delivered on July 16th, 2010, by Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns.


The solicitor Joseph Burke was not negligent in dealing with judicial review proceedings brought by the plaintiff, Joseph Tighe, against Kildare County Council in relation to a planning application.


The plaintiff, Mr Tighe, was a lay litigant who brought a negligence claim against his former solicitor, Mr Burke, arising out of his application for planning permission for the development of a building in Newtown, Enfield, Co Kildare, in 2002.

In February 2003, the council stated that it required new newspaper notices. The plaintiff came to the view that a default permission under the 2000 Planning Act had come into being on March 18th, 2003, and instructed his then solicitors, Beauchamps, to institute judicial review proceedings.

In March 2004, he changed his solicitor to the defendant. Michael Collins SC had been retained by Beauchamps on the plaintiff’s behalf and continued to be briefed by Mr Burke.

The plaintiff alleged at a meeting with him and Mr Burke that an official in Kildare County Council had sought a bribe to facilitate the granting of the planning application.


An Bord Pleanala refuse Permission for Continuing Use of Sand and Gravel Pits at Nurney, Co. Kildare

September 2, 2010

An Bord Pleanala have overturned the decision of Kildare County Council to grant permission for continuing use of sand and gravel pits at Nurney Demense, Nurney, Co. Kildare.  The Board refused permission based on 3 reasons:

1. they were not convinced that the existing pit had the benefit of planning permission and therefore were precluded from granting planning

2. an EIA is required for a significant amount of retention permission and the Board is precluded from granting permission on this basis

3. the scale of the development and its impact on Nurney House

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

July 8, 2010
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. (more…)

Kildare “does not have too much land for housing”

June 8, 2010

KILDARE County Council has denied that too much land has been rezoned for houses and apartments across the county.

According to recent Department of the Environment figures, Co Kildare has enough land set aside to create almost 38,000 residential units. However the number of units estimated to be needed is just 7,718.

Nationally, sufficient land has been zoned to build nearly 1.1 million homes yet projections indicate that only 300,000 new units are required between 2010 and 2016.

Kildare County Council spokesman Charlie Talbot disputed the figure adding “I don’t think we can agree with it”. He said that the council adheres to Draft Regional Planning Guidelines (DRPGs) which apply to the Greater Dublin Area between now and 2022.

“These targets take into account existing and potential vacancy levels and projected decline in households size over the time periods,” said Mr. Talbot. (more…)

An Bord Pleanala Refuses Petrol Station in Celbridge

June 1, 2010

An Bord Pleanala have refused planning permission for a petrol station at Crodaun, Celbridge, County Kildare following a third party appeal.  The Board refused permission for 3 reasons which are summarised as follows:

1. The physical configuration of the proposed access and egress arrangements and the accompanying signage would create a complex environment for road users which would endanger public safety by reason of traffic hazard.

2.  To permit the proposed access in the absence of a comprehensive assessment of the overall development proposals for the area would prejudice the potential access arrangements to lands zoned zoned retail/commercial in the Celbridge Local Area Plan, 2010.

3.  A petrol station would materially contravene the zoning in the development plan.


Aggregate Extraction Appeal at Redbog, Co. Kildare Withdrawn

March 26, 2010

A first party appeal relating to conditions imposed by Kildare County Council on the continuation of aggregate extraction at Redbog, Co. Kildare has been withdrawn.  The decision of the Council (and conditions attached) now stands.

An Bord Pleanala refuse permission for 65 dwellings in Prosperous, Co. Kildare

March 26, 2010

An Bord Pleanála has upheld the decision of Kildare County Council to refuse permission for 49 no. houses, 16 no. apartments and all associated site works at Downings North, Prosperous, Co. Kildare.  The proposed development was refused for 4 reasons relating to:

  • the capacity issues at Osberstown Waste Water Treatment Plant
  • existing deficiency in the sewerage facilities and network in the area
  • encroachment of a section of the proposed residential development onto an area zoned for open space and;
  • amenity and unacceptable layout and design

Retail and office development in Calverstown Appealed to An Bord Pleanala

February 4, 2010

Kildare County Councils decision to grant permission to Judge Construction for 3 retail units and offices, along with 20 car park spaces, in Calverstown, Co.Kildare has been appealed to An Bord Pleanala by Michael and Rita Lynch.

An Board Pleanala overule recommendation from inspector to refuse permission for residential development in Allenwood, Co. Kildare

February 4, 2010

An Bord Pleanala has overruled the advice of their inspector to refuse permission for 84 dwellings and a creche in Allenwood South, Allenwood, Co. Kildare.  The inspector had recommended that the decision of Kildare County Council to grant permission should be overturned.  In deciding not to accept the Inspector’s recommendation to refuse permission, the Board considered that the housing layout proposed (which included substantial open space areas), and the density of development was acceptable and noted that the development offered an opportunity to consolidate the village and improve community facilities. The Board considered that an appropriate long term phasing arrangement could resolve some of the Inspector’s concerns regarding the scale of development and this could be achieved by means of condition. The Board granted a 10 year permission subject to 27 conditions. One of the conditions requires land to be donated for a school.