Battle of Bookie Woods: Planning saga over disputed site in Tramore nears end
A near 17-year long planning drama in Tramore that had looked as if it had finally reached a conclusion is now facing into one final chapter.
Last month Waterford City and County Council refused planning permission for the construction of seven large split level houses on the site known as the Bookie Woods in the centre of Tramore.
Applicants John and Honor Cassidy were refused permission to develop the site after the local authority ruled it to be of ecological importance.
It was the third time since 2004 that planning had been sought on the 2.4 hectare site on the Upper Branch Road, and the third time planning has been refused.
The site has been the subject of considerable controversy locally over the past decade. Many residents mobilised in opposition against the plans to develop the wooded site, which is adjacent to the Japanese Gardens and parallel to the road leading to Tramore’s Strand Road.
In the latest twist in the planning saga, the developers have appealed the council’s decision to An Bord Pleanála.
A final decision on the fate of the site will be made by the end of the year.