Back in September last year, planning permission was granted for 22 apartments, two houses and two retail units with apartments upstairs…
This month, that WCC permission has been overturned by An Bord Pleanala, after concerns over flooding and the high level of mature trees lined up for the chop.
Last in proper use as the home to Wilfred Evans and his family, after being gifted the rundown property in the 1960s, it’s been over 30 years since Killincarrig House has had an occupant inside.
Over those three decades, planning permissions have come and gone, including one in 2009 for a nursing home and houses, but last year’s approval for a major complex of apartments, houses and retail units had many believing that the 19th century dwelling was about to become truly history.
Only, now with An Bord Pleanala’s ruling, Target Investment Opportunities are going to have to go back to the drawing board. The original planning permission has been appealed to An Bord Pleanala by Anne Whelan and a company called Delgany Hilly Management Company Ltd.
For Mairead Kenny, an inspector with An Bord Pleanala, the fact that Killincarrig is the oldest surviving village settlement in the area and that the house in question was one of the most significant buildings in architectural terms, meant that the preservation of many of the features of this historical building was a major concern.
Ms Kenny also noted that Wicklow County Council had granted permission subject to numerous conditions, including the upgrading of existing entrance into Delgany Hills; provision along the northern side boundary of a 2m high wall; other details relating to fence lines along the northern boundary and boundary treatments elsewhere; ground floor of Killincarrig House to be restricted to use as a shop; refurbishment of Killincarrig House to be carried out using best heritage practice and to be supervised by an appropriate professional.
The issues raised by those appealing last September’s planning permission raised such issues as road and traffic; layout, landscaping and open space; architectural heritage and design; residential amenity and related issues and other issues. Excessive tree removal was highlighted under landscaping, whilst the possibility of flooding was also raised, with an outline of how the area had a history of flooding and the ‘development will exacerbate [this] due to topography and layout and nature of surface water proposals‘. A need for a full Flood Risk Assessment was made.
We’ll let you know how this one plays out. In the meantime, you can check out the history of Killincarrick House here, and of Killincarrig itself right here.
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