April 18, 2021
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Plans for new scout den in county Waterford on hold following appeal

Plans to build a new scouting den in a scenic part of county Waterford have hit a snag after an appeal was lodged with the national planning authority over the decision to grant planning permission.

Just last week, the 35th Waterford Copper Coast Scout group received planning permission from Waterford City and Council to build a brand new den of its own at Ballyscanlon Lough, near Fenor.

Once constructed, the new 250sq mts building would consist of a troop hall, a store, a kitchen, an office, a meeting room, showers, toilets, a covered terrace, and car parking facilities.

However, plans to begin the project have had to be put on hold after a local appealed the decision by the local authority to grant planning permission to An Bord Pleanála.

In the submission to the planning authority, the appellant made the objection on two grounds; firstly, the site of the new den is on closed tourist trail and requests that a right of way be restored; secondly, the water quality of Ballyscanlon lake, and its flora, fauna and wildlife, will be affected by the development and has requested the development be stopped.

The case is due to be decided by the middle of December.

The 35th Copper Coast Scout group caters for young people aged between six to 25 years of age in the catchment area of Dunhill, Fenor, Annestown and Bonmahon.


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