Wednesday 13 November 2019

Developer Gannon suffers setback as 'low density' housing plan is rejected

Developer Gerry Gannon
Developer Gerry Gannon

Gordon Deegan

Developer Gerry Gannon has suffered a major blow after plans for a €55m housing development in Gorey, Co Wexford were turned down.

In a warning shot to developers around the country, one of the main planks of refusal by An Bord Pleanála for the 219-house development was that Mr Gannon, inset, was not planning sufficient housing for the 38-acre site at Kilnahue and Gorey Hill.

In refusing planning permission for the development, the appeals board pointed out that Mr Gannon's firm, Gerard Gannon Properties Ltd was proposing a density of 5.7 dwellings per acre.

It stated that the proposal "would not be developed at a sufficiently high density to provide for an acceptable efficiency in serviceable land usage given the proximity of the site to the built-up area of Gorey Town and to established social and community services in the immediate vicinity".

The board further stated that "such a low density would be contrary to these Ministerial Guidelines, which indicate that net densities less than 30 dwellings per hectare should generally be discouraged in the interest of land efficiency".

The board made the ruling after its Senior Planning Inspector, Kevin Moore said that the 5.7 dwellings per acre "is a density of development that is too low to constitute sustainable development and to provide an efficient and effective use of public services".

Mr Moore said that the proposed scheme "is punctured with an excessive number of large open spaces throughout, using up serviceable, developable lands within the development envelope of the town of Gorey in a location that is being promoted for residential development in accordance with the above-stated Guidelines".

Mr Moore said that "the density of development proposed is wholly misplaced, constitutes a misuse of serviceable lands in an area zoned for residential purposes within the development envelope of Gorey Town, is unsustainable, and the proposed scheme requires to be refused for these reasons".

Wexford County Council gave the development the green light in January and the decision was appealed by Charles Somers, Paula Redmond and Victor Breen along with Matt and Anne Hudson and others.

Gerard Gannon Properties was seeking a 10-year permission for plan that included: 90 four-bedroom, semi-detached houses. The board also refused planning as part of the site is located on land zoned as open space.

Irish Independent

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