January 25, 2021
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Planning chiefs turn down large development of homes in popular Waterford village

Plans to build 31 homes beside a historic national monument in a county Waterford village been turned down by An Bord Pleanála.

Waterford City and County Council turned down the development at The Cloisters, Farrangarrett, Ardmore last year.

The developers, CFS Structures Ltd, appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanála.

However, the State planning body also decided not to give the green light to the development over concerns about the supply of water, privacy and use of space.

CFS Structures initially hoped to develop 36 homes consisting of a mix of three and four bedroom houses at the 2.8 hectare site which adjoins the existing Cloisters development on the western side of Ardmore.

The development, after a request for further information from the local authority regarding the source of the water to service the homes among other queries, was scaled back to 31 homes, consisting of three four-bedroom detached units, 24 three-bedroom, semi-detached units, and two two-bed and two three-bed terrace units.

However, the local authority turned down the revised plans, saying; “Having regard to the existing deficiencies in the public water supply network at this location… and the proposal to service the development from a private water supply, it is considered that the proposed development would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area and would set an undesirable precedent.”

The developers appealed the decision on the development, which lies less than 200 metres from St Declan’s Monastery and Round Tower, to An Bord Pleanála.

But after considering CFS Structures’ application, the national planning appeals board upheld the decision of the local authority, saying: “It is considered that the proposed development would be prejudicial to public health by virtue of the deficiency in the provision of drinking water required to serve the proposal.”

An Bord Pleanála also said the development was not an efficient use of the land and that it imposed on the privacy of existing homes.

It found: “It is considered that the development would result in a loss of residential amenity for the existing residential units… leading to a loss of privacy.

“The development would therefore injure the amenities and depreciate the value of property in the vicinity.”

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