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Log cabin appeal rejected

An Bord Pleanala has rejected an appeal by a Dundalk resident who wanted to use timber cabin in his back garden as a temporary residence.

Dalton Patrick Conroy of 6 Tudor Grove, Mulahagharlin Road, appealed Louth County Council's decision to refuse his application for retention for a timber cabin for use as a temporary residence at the rear of his house.

He had originally sought planning permission for retention of the 42m2 timber cabin in September 2019 and this had been refused by Louth County Council two months later.

An Bord Pleanala's Inspector who visited the site in January 2020 noted that the site included a two story dwelling with a small garden and off street parking to the front. At the rear, there was a garden shed and a timber cabin which occupied the majority of private amenity space. This cabin which was finished with external timber panelling comprised two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen and dining area.

The cabin had originally been built for the applicant's grandchildren as a gaming room. The grounds for appeal made the case that the applicant was in bad health and had to relocate to the ground floor accommodation. It also made reference to the inclusion of lodgers in the main dwelling on a casual and temporary basis.

The Inspector held the cabin didn't meet the minimum size requirements set out in the Dundalk and Environs Development Plan or the national guidelines for either an apartment or a dwelling, and it was a 'substandard residential development'. Along with the other outbuilding, it occupies the majority of the rear garden space of the main dwelling, and aside from a timber deck, there was no private space amenity for the proposed development an

It was an over-development of the site and would set an undesirable precedent for similar developments in the area and have a negative impact on the residential amenities of existing and proposed residents and the character of the area. It would, therefore, be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.

In rejecting the appeal An Bord Pleanala ruled that 'it is considered that the development to be retained would result in an unsatisfactory standard of residential accommodation for occupants of both the main house and the cabin, by reasoning of the lack of open space and substandard accommodation provided by the cabin and would result in over-development of the site. The proposed development would, therefore, be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.'

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