Permission denied for 41 homes
Wicklow County Council has refused planning permission for the development of 41 houses at the Yellow Lane Business Park in Arklow.
Yellow Lane Business Park Ltd had applied for permission for a proposed two-phase development. The application stated that during the proposed first phase of construction, 33 housing units, 12 one-bed and 12 two-bed duplex apartments, nine three-bed two-storey houses and a temporary onsite wastewater treatment plant would be built.
A second phase would add a further eight housing units, four one-bed and four two-bed duplex apartments, alongside the decommissioning and removal of the temporary onsite wastewater treatment plant on the completion of Arklow's Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Permission was also sought for 54 car parking spaces, the demolition of a 498 sq m commercial unit, the removal of a 355 sq m car wash shed and associated works at the site in the Knockenrahan Lower area.
The local authority refused permission for the project citing several concerns about the application for a private wastewater treatment plant. It was noted that the County Development Plan does not permit private wastewater treatment plants for 'multi-house developments.' The inspector's report also states that it is the 'position of the planning authority not to permit any residential development that would be reliant on a private treatment plant, pending the provision of the Arklow Wastewaster Treatment Plant.' It was also felt that the private plant would be 'visually obtrusive' in a residential area.
The planning section also raised concerns that 'significant amounts of fill material have been brought in to the site to raise ground levels in the absence' of permission for such works.' It was considered that 'the proposed development would represent the consolidation of unauthorised development at this location.'
Permission for the development was also refused due to the design and layout of the development. It was felt that the proximity to the builders' merchants, TJ O'Mahony, could give rise to the overshadowing of some of the amenity spaces. The inspector's report also raised concerns about potential 'noise impacts' of loading and unloading of vehicles. The planning section of the local authority also raised concerns about the potential for traffic hazard due to the layout, design and alignment of the internal roads network and sightlines at the proposed entrance.