Farmer refused planning planning permission for new farm gates

An Bord Pleanala is to decide if a Co. Limerick farmer can build an entrance to his land after Limerick City and Co.Council turned him down.

Rural dwellers have often complained about the difficulties in getting planning for a one-off house but now it seems even erecting a gate is up for debate.

Eddie Hennessy put in his application for a new gate at Cloghnadromin, Ballysimon back in July. With it he included a drawing of his plans.

It asks to, “Remove existing concrete post fencing and planting and fit standard farm gate and piers”. Below that, it states it is the “proposed new entrance to farmland for Edward Hennessy at Cloghnadromin, Ballysimon”.

Limerick City and County Co. refused the application in September.

The reasons given were that the proposed development would be “contrary to the proper planning and development of the area because it constitutes a new access on a heavily trafficked section of the national road network - the N24 Limerick to Tipperary national primary road at a point where the maximum speed limit for this type of road applies and the traffic turning movements generated by the proposed development would interfere with the safety and free flow of traffic on the adjoining road.

“In addition, the proposed development would contravene materially the objectives of the planning authority, as set out in the County Development Plan 2010 - 2016 to preserve the level of services and carrying capacity of the national road network and to protect the public investment therein,” it concludes.

In a submission, Transport Infrastructure Ireland also considered it at “variance with official policy in relation to control of development on/affecting national roads as the proposed development by itself, or by the precedent which a grant of permission for it would set, would adversely affect the operation and safety of the national road network”.

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They went on to say the proposal, if approved, would create an “adverse impact” on the national road where the maximum permitted speed limit applies and would, in the authority’s opinion, “be at variance with the foregoing national policy in relation to control of frontage development on national roads”.

Secondly the TII stated: “The proposed development, located on a national road where the maximum speed limit applies, would endanger public safety by reason of traffic hazard an obstruction of road users due to the movement of the extra traffic generated.”

Mr Hennessy has appealed the council’s decision to An Bord Pleanala. Whether he gets the go ahead for his gate entrance or not is due to be decided by February 13, 2018.

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