Cavan Town residential development blocked

Planning permission for a 12-unit residential development in Cavan Town has been refused by An Bord Pleanála.

The planning appeals board overturned a decision by Cavan County Council last January to permit the Vogue Homes development at Farnham Road, Drumnavanagh.

The local authority had sanctioned the plans subject to 23 conditions.The proposed development comprised a two-storey terraced block containing four three-bedroom and four two-bedroom units and a three-storey block containing three one-bed apartments. There was also provision for a three-bedroom semi-detached dwelling.The decision was appealed to An Bord Pleanála by Sheelin and McCabe Planning Services Ltd from Mountnugent.

In a submission to Cavan County Council, the firm said traffic generated by the development would be hazardous to existing road users.

It also contended “the development is contrary to proper balanced development when taken in conjunction with existing and proposed residential development in the immediate area”.

In her report, planning inspector,Angela Brereton, said:“Having regard to the overall design, scale, layout and low density of the proposed development, the disposition of the buildings on the site, in particular the location of the proposed apartment block significantly further forward of the building line and adjacent to the road frontage and the lack of communal open space for the apartments, the poor distribution of public open space throughout the site, the lack of landscaping details including the preservation of mature trees, it is considered, that the proposed development would provide for a poor living environment for future residents and be visually obtrusive in the streetscape.”