Glenbeigh housing project appealed

Tadhg Evans

An application by Con O'Sullivan and Kerry-London businessman Dan Tim O'Sullivan to construct six houses in Glenbeigh has been appealed to An Bord Pleanála, with its case due to be decided next year.

The application - lodged in February, 2019 - sought to demolish an existing dwelling house on the site in Rossbeigh, as well as the construction of six detached dwelling houses and associated site works such as entrances, parking facilities, and boundary treatments. A similar application on the same site, lodged in 2017, was refused.

In August, Kerry County Council granted permission for the works subject to 12 conditions.

These included that the developer would pay almost €14,500 to Kerry County Council for 'Roads and Transport' and 'Community and Amenity' infrastructure.

The conditions also outlined that each site must be landscaped with suitable indigenous shrubs and hedges.

The approval said if the development met the conditions, it would not be visually obtrusive and would not "seriously injure the amenities of the area or be otherwise contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area".

Danny Healy-Rae TD made a representation on the applicants' behalf and said "I strongly support their request".

The decision has, however, been appealed to An Bord Pleanála by Dermot Ivo O'Sullivan and Kay O'Sullivan; and by Eileen Cahill.

Mackey O'Sullivan Binchey appealed against Kerry County Council's decision on behalf of Dermot Ivo O'Sullivan and Kay O'Sullivan.

The objection contends that the application doesn't adhere to guidelines in the Rossbeigh Local Area Plan as it is a two-storey development; that its density exceeds the limit allowed; that it would be visually obtrusive from the north and west of the development; and that it makes no effort to minimise the impact on the residential amenity of existing properties, particularly on the appellant's property, Seaview.

The seven-page document also contends that the development does not meet a number of standards set out in the County Development Plan.

The appellant also contended that the development would devalue the Seaview property as it would infringe on its light and privacy; and that a 1.5-metre-high fence on the development boundary would worsen the loss-of-light issue.

In her appeal, Eileen Cahill of Rossbeigh Beach Cottages contended that the development would interfere with the view from the cottages and put her family business in jeopardy.

The appellant claimed that a number of repeat guests had held off on future bookings until assured the views would "remain unchanged."

The case is due to be decided by January 20, 2020.