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Monday 16 September 2019

Green light for Priorland

BALMERS BOG TO BE PROTECT- DESPITE

objections from a number of residents in Priorland Gardens, An Bord Pleanála has given the go ahead for 193 dwellings at Priorland.

But they have included in the conditions a number of measures to protect the integrity of Balmers Bog.

The residents of numbers 1 to 17 Priorland Gardens, care of MacGinley Quinn of Ivy House, Roden Place, appealed against the decision made on April 10th, 2008, by Dundalk Town Council to grant permission to Kinler Developments Limited, care of Stephen Ward of Distillery House, Distillery Lane, to grant permission.

The development is to consist of 193 dwellings that includes 134 two-storey townhouses and 59 number apartments ranging from three to four storeys in height.

All apartment buildings incorporate balcony areas, with roof gardens on buildings B1, B2 and C.

There are to be open space areas and 397 car spaces are proposed (75 number underground and 322 number surface), a two-storey crèche facility (713 square metres), with access to the site will be provided via Priorland Gardens off the Dublin Road.

The board held that having regard to the location of the site in relation to the town centre, the provisions of the current Dundalk South West Local Area Plan, the pattern of development in the vicinity and the revised site layout, which provides an adequate buffer to Balmer's Bog, it is considered that, subject to compliance with the conditions set out, the proposed development would be acceptable in terms of traffic safety, would not seriously injure the amenities of the area or of property in the vicinity, would not be prejudicial to public health and would not adversely affect the Balmer's Bog area or exacerbate flooding problems or be otherwise contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.

It added that in deciding not to accept the inspector's recommendation to refuse permission, the board did not consider that the proposed development would increase the risk of flooding having regard to the topography of the site and the proposed surface water management systems.

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