Thumbs down for houses on flood land

LAOIS County Council has refused planning permission for 18 houses and an eight serviced plot development on land in the village of Killeen which is a flood risk zone.

LAOIS County Council has refused planning permission for 18 houses and an eight serviced plot development on land in the village of Killeen which is a flood risk zone.

Permission was previously granted for the development however it had expired as work did not get underway inside the past five years. Jim McDonald re-lodged the planning application with the local authority on June 12 last and he was notified of the decision last week.

He can lodge an appeal with An Bord Pleanala and this has to be made by Monday, September 3.

In September 2006, following a previous application by Mr McDonald, forty-five houses were constructed in Killeen village, and eleven more units were added in March of 2007.

While there were three objections, permission was granted (with twenty conditions attached) on January 23, 2007 to construct 18 dwellings and nine serviced plots with access being gained through the existing Killeen Gardens development entrance onto the County Road L-3992 and the R429.

The objectors concerns at the time focused on the L-3992 being a traffic hazard, footpath issues, consequences for water wells and pressure on classroom capacity at Killeen NS.

That planning permission expired on January 21 of this year and Mr McDonald then re-applied on June 12 for planning permission at the same site Killeen Village, Killeen Td & Grange Td, Maganey but was turned down.

Located within a Flood Zone and approximately 1.7km north west of the Special Area of Conservation of the River Barrow/Nore, a European Designated site, Laois County Council cited four reasons for giving the proposed development the thumbs down.

Due to deficiencies in the existing sewage treatment system and water network, the Planning Authority were not satisified that the development ‘would not be prejudicial to public health and safety’.

They also were not satisfied from the information submitted that the proposed development would not pose a threat of flooding.

Planners said the proposed development would contravene development objective NH13/001 of the Laois County Development Plan 2011 – 2017 for the conservation and preservation of a European site.

And that the number of units proposed would impact upon the character of Killeen village and militate against the protection of its visual amenities.