iven just how proud Wicklow County Council are of their green credentials, it’s surprising that they’re not a little bit more committed to their own planning decisions.
Especially when they’re getting great big awards for their sterling eco warrior work.
An example popped up on our radar last month, when D:Res Properties, the developers behind the new Gorteen development on Delgany’s Bellevue Hill, applied for some changes to their original planning permission.
Changes that, by and large, would save the developer a little moolah.
And right in there amongst the requests for removing of all chimney structures from all house types, changing proposed precast concrete window cills to all windows with alluminium-pressed metal cills, removal of hardwood canopy structures from some house types and replacing proposed metal stranding seam to dormer windows, projections and canopies with concrete tiles finish is the line…
Removal of proposed PV/Solar panels from all house types.
Which makes you wonder, eh, what the absolute feck? All these requests were given the thumbs up from Wicklow County Council.
We emailed Michael Lynch, the WCC planner listed on application #211426, to try and get a statement as to why all of these changes were granted, and, over the next four days, answer came there none. Ditto D:Res, who we emailed twice about these late-in-the-game changes.
So, we forwarded out lonely missives to our good friend Jackie Carroll, Senior Executive Officer of Planning, Development and Environment at Wicklow County Council.
Council of the Year!
And Jackie promptly emailed back the following…
Paul, I wish to acknowledge of your emails regarding 21/1426. All information relating to this file is available online, link below.
Which very helpfully loops you right back to that original planning application, where there’s no apparent explanation of why the decision was made. Just the decision. We want to know what the bull ate; we already know what came out the other side.
Naturally, we thanked Jackie for her helpful reply. And told her to keep up the work.
If Wicklow County Council are truly serious about tackling the looming environmental disaster at all our doors – even the old ones without rich developers attached – why would they allow for the dumping of solar panels from a brand new estate?
Perhaps now that we’ve put their decision out there, we’ll get a real reply. With the real reason.
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