Battle of Bookie Woods: 16-year planning saga in Tramore finally reaches conclusion
A near two decades long planning battle in Tramore has finally reached a conclusion after the national planning authority gave permission for development on the site.
An Bord Pleanála has given John and Honor Cassidy permission to build seven house on a prominent site in the centre of Tramore, known locally as the Bookie Woods.
In June, Waterford City and County Council refused planning permission for the construction of seven large split level houses on the site. However, the developers almost immediately appealed this decision to An Bord Pleanála.
In the Inspector’s Report prepared for An Bord Pleanála, inspector Caryn Cooganv recommended the decision of the council be upheld, and that permission for the development be denied.
However, the An Bord Pleanála decision went against the inspector’s recommendation and instead granted permission.
An Bord Pleanála said in its ruling: “The proposed development would not seriously injure the visual, landscape, or residential amenities of the area, would not have an undue adverse ecological impact, and would not constitute a flood risk.
“In deciding not to accept the Inspector’s recommendation to refuse permission, the Board considered that the applicants had overcome the Board’s previous reasons for refusal for development proposed on the site.”
This was the third time since 2004 planning has been sought on the 2.4 hectare site on the Upper Branch Road.
The site has been the subject of considerable controversy locally over the past two decades and many residents mobilised in opposition against the plans to develop the wooded site.
The Bookie Woods is located close to the Japanese Gardens and runs parallel to the road leading to Tramore’s Strand Road.