Friday 25 May 2018

D4 neighbours' objections fail to stop Fair City set moving within Montrose

The Carrigstown set of RTE soap Fair City
The Carrigstown set of RTE soap Fair City

Ian Begley

Carrigstown will be given a facelift after plans to move the fictional village were given the go-ahead by An Bord Pleanala.

However, Fair City's famous town won't be going too far.

On Monday, the planning board gave RTE the green light to construct a new set to the rear of the Television Centre, just 150 metres away from where the current one stands.

It comes after the broadcaster sold 8.64 acres of land for €107.5m to developer Cairn Homes.

Ryan Adams and Natalie Prass outside McCoys on the set of Fair City at RTE
Ryan Adams and Natalie Prass outside McCoys on the set of Fair City at RTE

Construction will now commence in spite of opposition from a number of residents living beside the studio.

Their concerns included the visual impact of the development, the noise to be generated by the plan and its hours of operation. The residents also raised concerns about filming at night.

Fair City cast celebrate the show's 25th anniversary on set.
Fair City cast celebrate the show's 25th anniversary on set.

Nutley Road residents Peter and Paula Ledbetter and Brian and Elizabeth McDermott were among those who lodged appeals.

However, Paul Caprani, the inspector, said "the new location of the Fair City set will have negligible impact on the residential or visual amenity on the residents living to the north of the site".

Mr Caprani added it will not be a "large-scale redevelopment of the lands in question, but merely a relocation of a small film set within the campus approximately 150 metres west of the current site".

He also said the proposed development will not give rise to any excessive noise levels and not impact on the residential amenity of the area.

In response to the residents' concerns over noise, Mr Caprani said noise levels associated with the activity will primarily revolve around talking and giving instructions on a film set.

"Given the separation distances involved and the fact that the site is located in an urban area, I consider the noise levels generated by the activity would be acceptable," he said.

An Bord Pleanala said the proposal "would not seriously injure the amenities of the area or of property in the vicinity, would not be prejudicial to public health, would generally be acceptable in terms of traffic safety and convenience and would not seriously impact on natural heritage".

The Fair City lot comprises 11 separate sets. The planning application provided for a new home for McCoy's pub, the Hungry Pig, the Dolphin Pod, the community centre and other locations where the hit soap is shot.

RTE reassured fans Fair City will continue to air as normal while works get under way.

"There will be no disruption to the broadcast of Ireland's favourite soap while the set is under construction," it said.

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