AN appeal has been lodged with An Bord Pleanála after planning permission for 61 residential units for Seasons Park, Newtownmountkennedy was refused.
First Steps Homes applied to Wicklow County Council in March for planning for 44 dwellings consisting of a single one-bed unit, twelve two-bed units and 31 three-bed units, and 17 independent living units made up of 15 one-bed and two two-bed units and an associated community day care facility.
The residential units were also to be provided with car parking spaces, bicycle parking spaces, refuse storage, two public open space area , a children's play area, access roadway from Season Park Road and all associated site works.
However, Wicklow County Council refused the application on a number of grounds. The location of the development with respect to the centre of Newtown and within the Action Area identified in the Newtownmountkennedy Local Area Plan was noted, along with the deficiencies in the footpaths and cycle-paths for the site, the substandard nature of the junction at Fishers Corner, the lack of adequate proposals to upgrade the road network to cater for the development and the provisions of Action Area I with respect to road network upgrades.
It was considered that in the absence of proposals to provide a suitable pedestrian and cycle linkage and junction upgrades, the proposed development would endanger public safety by reason of serious traffic hazard. It would be premature pending the completion of the distributor road network identified to service these lands as required under the Newtownmountkennedy Local Area Plan and as set out in the Agreed Action Area plan for AAl, and would be contrary to proper planning and sustainable development.
It was also ruled that the development of 17 independent living units on a site with “poor pedestrian connectivity to shops and community facilities required by the occupants” would be contrary to Objective CD 19 of the 2016 to 2022 County Development Plan.
The An Bord Pleanála appeal is due to be decided by October 10 of this year.